Help raise awareness of the impact of COPD in Australia and the critical steps government can take to change the lives and improve outcomes for thousands of Australians.
On World COPD Day 2022, Lung Foundation Australia launched the COPD Blueprint, Transforming the agenda for COPD: A path towards prevention and lifelong lung health. This report provides the government with five urgent actions to drive significant and positive change that will improve outcomes for thousands of families impacted by COPD, and the lives of all Australians through better lung health.
On World COPD Day 2023, Lung Foundation Australia is calling on the federal government to take urgent action to improve COPD care that costs the Australian health system an estimated $1 billion a year. The time to act is now. Six Australians with lived experience of COPD, shown in this video, ask the Australian Government to act on COPD diagnosis and community management.
We’re calling on the government to invest in:
Early and accurate COPD risk identification and diagnosis
Identify those at risk, explore opportunistic and systematic case-finding, enhance spirometry use and access in primary care, enable earlier spirometry in the life course, and embed COPD within Medicare services.
Implement workforce education and training, enhance multidisciplinary care in the community, increase access and uptake of pulmonary rehabilitation, and increase availability and uptake of immunisation for those living with COPD.
Lifelong prevention of COPD
Target risk factors such as prematurity, nutrition, and respiratory infections, accelerate efforts to reduce smoking prevalence, and improve indoor and outdoor air quality.
Acute care management
Ensure optimal access and delivery of acute care, increase adherence to guidelines-based management, and utilise virtual and digital innovations.
COPD research and translation
Boost investment in COPD research, optimise COPD guidelines implementation, and invest in national data infrastructure.
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Transforming the agenda for COPD: A path towards prevention and lifelong lung health report provides a framework to drive reform and improve the health of all Australians who are living with COPD.
The growing burden of COPD in Australia
Meet some of the many faces of COPD
Not being able to breathe is the most frightening experience you can have.
I have been independent for so long and I’m still young. I have an 11-year-old daughter that I have to be there for.
The government needs to do something now to ensure everyone is protected.
An informed patient is an empowered patient.
COPD can be lived with, but there are levels of living. You can live better with COPD if you know about it and you do something about it straight away.
You don’t always feel good having COPD but you have to stay positive otherwise it will rule your life.
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