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National Lung Disease Awareness Month

01 November 2013

November is National Lung Disease Awareness Month. More than six million Australians are living with an ongoing respiratory condition.

Similar to palliative care, lung disease is often something that is forgotten in Australian society, says Lung Foundation Australia Chief Executive Officer, William Darbishire.


‘Unlike conditions such as breast or skin cancer, research shows many Australians think people with a lung disease have brought it on themselves by smoking,’ Mr Darbishire said.


‘Australian Institute of Health and Welfare research shows one in three women who are diagnosed with lung cancer are not currently or have never smoked. Yet compared to other countries, Australians are less sympathetic towards people with lung cancer than they are for people with other types of cancer,’ he said.


Throughout the month of November the Lung Foundation and other organisations will be hosting a range of events and activities designed to help people think about the affect lung cancer has on our society, including:

  •  Shine a light on lung cancer vigils
  • Mesothelioma awareness displays with morning tea
  • Catch Your Breath Community Walks
  • Free lung screening in the community setting
  • Awareness campaign/s in partnership with GPs, Medicare Locals and community pharmacy
  • Information stands in public places


‘On the 19th of November the town of Emerald will rally to promote lung health, particularly in the indigenous community, thanks to the great support of the local council,’ said Mr Darbishire.


‘This is followed by World COPD Day on 20 November, when Australia takes a moment to emphasise the positive and meaningful actions people can take to improve their lung health.’


As a result the Lung Foundation has released an online checklist to help make lung health a priority in Australia.

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