Support groups

Support groups can become an integral and helpful part of your life. It can be immensely therapeutic to talk with others who are experiencing the same thing - patients and carers alike. A chronic lung condition diagnosis can make you feel a range of emotions, which can affect your overall wellbeing. You deserve to receive the support you need to navigate through these emotions with others and live the best life available to you.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the Federal and State Government regulations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Lung Foundation Australia has postponed face to face activities. We advise members of our peer support group community to practice physical distancing and avoid face to face meeting or activities at this time.

Our Information and Support Centre remains open during its regular operating hours and we’re working hard to ensure you have access to the support and care you need. Visit the COVID-19 pages on our website for more information about staying well and staying connected during this time.

We recognise that peer support is still an important part of our community, now more than ever. We look forward to providing opportunities for our peer support groups to keep connected during this time and hope to support everyone in their wellbeing and self care.

Please contact us to find out more about our peer support groups who may be operating virtually at this time.

Support groups

Lung Foundation Australia supports a network of support groups throughout Australia for patients and carers affected by a lung disease. These groups provide people in similar situations the opportunity to come together to support each other, share practical tips and help break down the sense of isolation that can often be experienced.

Social connection with Zoom

Social connection with Zoom

People around the world are now using software such as Zoom to meet ‘face to face’ in the virtual world. Zoom is a great way to connect with support group members, family and friends. It’s also free to create your own account and host 40minute or less, group meetings.

Zoom highlights

  • Free to create your own account and participate in meetings
  • Join meetings via smartphone mobile, laptop, computer or iPad
  • Easy to use and navigate
  • Choose whether you join via video or just audio
  • Hold virtual meetings separate from your social media accounts

How can we help?

If you’re unsure of how to create an account or schedule meetings download the instructions below.

Please note: the above instructions are current as of April 2nd 2020. Lung Foundation Australia will endeavour to keep these instructions up to date if any changes are made by Zoom.

Lung Cancer Telephone Support Groups

Our Telephone Support Groups are held twice per month and are a great way for people living with lung cancer to connect with other people in a similar situation to them without leaving the comfort of their home. These free and confidential groups are facilitated by qualified Lung Foundation Australia staff. The calls are open to lung cancer patients at any stage of their illness. Whilst our staff facilitate the call, they are there to provide support when and if needed – members are encouraged to discuss all topics related to their lung cancer journey freely.

  • Lung Cancer Telephone Support Groups will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 3:00pm and the third Tuesday of the month at 11:00am.
  • Young Lung Lung Cancer Telephone Support Group, for people aged 50 years and under, will be held on the last Wednesday of the month at 8:00pm.

To register for upcoming meetings, please call 1800 654 301.

Hope and Light Lung Cancer Support Group

Lung Foundation Australia hosts a monthly lung cancer support group in Milton, Brisbane. The Hope and Light Lung Cancer Support Group provides an informal environment where people can share information, support one another and discuss ways to cope with the challenges of living with lung cancer. The group is led by a volunteer, Marilyn Nelson, who has been living with lung cancer for six years.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Peer Connect Service

It can make all the difference to connect with someone else who has the same condition – someone who understands what you are going through, especially if you have a rare lung disease where there may be limited opportunities to connect with others.

To address this need, we offer a telephone based peer to peer matching service for people affected by Pulmonary Fibrosis or Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. The service matches eligible people to other people in a similar situation, via phone or email.

For more information and to join Peer Connect, complete the expression of interest form.

Information for current Peer Support Group Leaders

Virtual Peer Support

Lung Foundation Australia would like to work alongside current peer support group leaders to help them and their group members stay connected during this time of physical distance. We are available to set up virtual meetings for you and assist with the invitation process. If you would like to try connecting ‘face-to-face’ online, this could be an option for you.

Contact our Peer Support Coordinator or free call 1800 654 301 to find out more.

Better Together Community Chat

If you are a peer support group leader we’d love to connect. Each month Lung Foundation Australia will be hosting virtual ‘Better Together’ community chats for all group leaders’ part of our Affiliated Peer Support Group Network. This is a great opportunity to meet some of your fellow group leaders across Australia for mutual support, check-in with each other, and share experiences.

Contact our Peer Support Coordinator or free call 1800 654 301 to find out more and RSVP.

 

Better Together Ideas and Inspiration

Lung Foundation Australia invites all of our Peer Support Group Leaders to share their ideas for getting through this time of self-isolation and/or keeping connected with their peer support group.  We would love to showcase your ideas to encourage and support each other. Each week we’ll be gathering your feedback to share with everyone and will feature ideas in the next edition of the “Better Together” Group Leader newsletter.

You can submit your ideas to our Peer Support Coordinator or free call 1800 654 301.

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