As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rise and stricter measures are put in place to reduce the spread of the virus, many people may be feeling anxious and confused about how these measures will impact the way we go about our lives.
As of Friday 27 March, there have been 3,166 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, including 13 deaths.
In a bid to stop or slow the spread of the virus, the government introduced social distancing measures, are encouraging people to practice good hand hygiene, and avoid large gatherings and close physical contact. These measures are crucial, however they will change the way we live our lives.
Our Respiratory Care Nurse, Nicole Parkinson sat down to share her tips and advice for people living with a lung disease or lung cancer to look after your physical and mental health and stay connected with your loved ones during this time.
What to have at home
We’ve also collated a list of items that are important to have on hand and may make you feel more at ease.
To read this list and more information and advice for people living with lung disease and lung cancer, visit our COVID-19 website resources.
We will keep this information updated as this situation continues to unfold and encourage you to keep yourself informed. To view these resources please click here.
Free webinar- COVID-19 and your mental health
We’re pleased to welcome clinical psychologist Debra Sandford to host a free webinar on Monday 30 March to discuss the importance of emotional well-being during this time.
This is the first webinar in our free Live Well, Breathe Better series which will cover a range of diseases and topics throughout the year.
To view the series and to register, click here.
Connect to care
Peer Connect is our telephone-based, peer-to-peer matching service for those affected by Pulmonary Fibrosis or Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. The service allows peers to connect via phone or email to share their experiences and knowledge with someone who is going through a similar situation. To find out more please click here.
We’re here for you
Due to the current situation with COVID-19 and advice from the Victoria and New South Wales Governments, our Melbourne and Sydney offices will be closed until further notice. The Lung Foundation Australia staff in these states will commence working from home arrangements. The Brisbane office will remain open, with only essential staff including our Information and Support Team in office to maintain our critical support service.
Our Information and Support Centre remains open Monday to Friday 8:00am-4:30pm (QLD).