Providing hope in every breath
Lung Foundation Australia is the only charity and leading peak body of its kind in Australia that funds ground-breaking research and delivers life-changing support services that give hope to the 1 in 3 Australians impacted by lung disease or lung cancer. Since 1990, we have been working to ensure lung health is a priority for all by promoting lung health and early diagnosis, advocating for policy change and research investment, raising awareness about the symptoms and prevalence of lung disease and championing equitable access to treatment and care.
Pictured: Lana (on right) with her grandmother Cass
Hope through research
Our comprehensive research program is revolutionising our understanding of lung disease and lung cancer. It encompasses a multi-million-dollar grants and awards program, internationally renowned registries and impactful research partnerships.
Lung Foundation Australia’s Hope Research Fund is a10-year initiative that invests in life-changing lung disease and lung cancer research. With the help of our generous community, we are working to raise $50 million by 2030 to accelerate ground-breaking research that will save lives.
Progress so far:
Supporting patients and carers
Empowerment through information and support
Throughout this year our Information and Support Centre team have provided 3,166 people with education and guidance to help them live their best life. Over 1.6 million people visited our website for access to life-changing resources, support services and programs.
For people living with lung disease and lung cancer, and their carers, connection through peer support programs offer a valuable source of connection and understanding. This year our peer support program continued to grow, with over 1,000 people now connected to one of our groups. These groups meet face-to-face, online, and over the telephone through one-to-one calls.
Expert nurse support
Our expert nurses provide support in navigating the often-challenging health system and arm people with the tools to live well with their condition. More than 700 people living with lung cancer and chronic lung conditions connected with the free nurse-led telephone service. Data shows people who participate in the program report significant improvements in self-management strategies and reduction in symptoms and psychological burden.
Supporting mental health
Knowledge is a powerful tool when living with lung disease or lung cancer. The Mind Matters hub brings together a range of useful resources aimed at helping people address the emotional toll of life with a lung condition. This year the Mind Matters hub, videos and webinars had over 17,700 views. The newly launched Social Work service which provides practical and emotional support, received 120 interactions in the first four months of its establishment.
On the ground support and care
Research shows having access to a specialist cancer nurse can significantly improve an individual’s health outcomes. In response to ongoing campaigning by Lung Foundation Australia and our consumer community, the Commonwealth Government announced milestone pilot funding for four Lung Foundation Australia Specialist Lung Cancer Nurses (SLCN). The nurses, who have begun work in New South Wales Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, form the foundation of a first-of-its-kind demonstration project. Additionally, the South Australian Government has funded three SLCNs, increasing the number of dedicated nurses nationwide to 48.
Pictured (left to right): Paula (SLCN), Anita (SLCN), Rachel (SLCN), Sofia (SLCN), Nicole (Lung Foundation Australia’s LCSN).
Progress so far:
Supporting mental health
Launched in February 2022, our Social Work telephone service aims to help people with a diagnosis to navigate the practical and emotional challenges of living with lung cancer. An experienced social worker provides callers with information in areas including the impact on relationship and finances and coping with progression or recurrence.
Driving early diagnosis
Thousands of Australians unknowingly dismiss symptoms of lung disease and lung cancer as ageing or a lack of fitness while the disease progresses. Our national Lung Health Awareness Month Campaign encourages Australians experiencing symptoms to complete an interactive online Lung Health Checklist and speak to their GP.
Optimising patient care
We are committed to ensuring healthcare professionals across Australia are well placed and well equipped to deliver the levels of care and support our community deserves.
Pictured: Lung Foundation Australia staff at a conference.
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