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Lung Foundation Australia

The Lung Foundation is a national organisation which was established in 1990 to provide support to people who have a lung disease and to ensure lung health is a priority for all in Australia.

This includes helping those living with lung disease and their carers; bringing together the leaders in respiratory medicine within Australia; and generating awareness about the importance of positive lung health within the community.

Their objectives are to:

  • promote the importance of lung health to the community and provide information on how to maintain healthy lungs
  • provide clinical guidance in the evidence based management of lung disease
  • support early diagnosis of lung disease as an important first step towards improved outcomes for patients
  • provide support to those affected by lung disease – both patients and carers
  • improve equitable access to evidence based care
  • support quality research.

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Smoking Cessation | Lung Foundation Australia

Smoking Cessation Every year, about 19,000 Australians die from diseases caused by smoking and about one third of these deaths occur in middle age

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Quality of life through patient support

We all need support to help us cope with difficult situations during certain stages of our lives.

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Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is the medical term for a unique disease process which takes place in the small blood vessels in the lungs (the “pulmonary arteries and arterioles”).

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The Lungs – An overview of how they work

Every part of your body needs oxygen from the air you breathe in order to survive. The lungs are designed to absorb oxygen from the air and transfer it into the bloodstream.

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Tuberculosis or TB is an illness caused by a germ called “Mycobacterium tuberculosis”. The lung is most commonly infected. However, the germ may occasionally spread from the lung to infect the lymph glands, bones and joints, kidneys and many other parts of the body.

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Sarcoidosis is the name given to a condition in which “sarcoid granulomas” appear in the body’s tissues. The cause of sarcoidosis is currently unknown.

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Each lung is wrapped in a thin membrane called the visceral pleura. The chest wall is similarly lined (parietal pleura). These two membranes touch and slide across each other while we breathe, lubricated by a slick of fluid.

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Lung Cancer and Pleural Mesothelioma | Lung Foundation Australia

Lung Foundation Australias Lung Cancer National Program has developed the following resources for Health Professionals. Lung Foundation Australia works with

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Lung Transplantation

Lung transplantation is an accepted therapy which offers the promise of improved survival and quality of life to selected people with life threatening lung diseases.

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Influenza is an infection caused by a virus. It is spread from person to person by tiny drops produced during a cough or sneeze and by hand to hand contact. While we often call it the “flu”, the common cold is rarely due to the influenza virus. True influenza causes a much more severe illness than the usual cold.

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