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Health Priorities in Australia: Respiratory Disease

Year 12 PDHPE


Lung Health Awareness Month

Lung disease affects 1 in 4 Australians and is responsible for 1 in 7 deaths, however many people tend to ignore the signs and symptoms, often not doing anything about it for far too long.

Radio National Podcast

The Lung Foundation Australia says its time to move the debate on from lung cancer and smoking.


Each hour, an Australian watches a loved one die of lung cancer. Instead of support, most face stigma from a community that blames them for having their disease.

But enough is enough. Young and old, male and female, smoker or non-smoker – lung cancer does not discriminate.

To challenge the stigma, we asked 10 friends, family members and loved ones of those diagnosed with lung cancer to share the toll stigma can have, by leading our campaign.

These are real people, asking for a fair go for everyone impacted by lung cancer. Are you ready to help change the conversation?

Australians have taken up the important public health messages as far as their heart and breasts are concerned, yet they don't appear to consider their lungs in the same way.

Fair go for lung cancer

Australians have spent too long asking the wrong question about lung cancer.

It doesn’t matter whether or not someone smoked. Instead, we should be asking the right questions – of our government, our community and ourselves. Why aren’t people living with lung cancer getting a fair go when it comes to research, treatment and support?

Lung Foundation of Australia

There are over 30 different types of lung disease currently impacting one in four men, women and children across Australia. It is our nation’s second leading cause of death, taking more lives than dementia and diabetes, yet it receives very little publicity, funding, research or support.

Campaigns and Resources

Lung Cancer Reform

Lung Foundation Australia is the only national charity and leading peak body dedicated to supporting anyone with a lung disease. Since 1990, we have been the national point-of-call for patients, their families, carers, health professionals and the general community. Our mission is to improve lung health and reduce the impact of lung disease for all Australians.