Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Respiratory conditions

1-minute read

Follow the links below to find our information partners' articles about respiratory diseases.

Learn more here about the development and quality assurance of healthdirect content.

Last reviewed: April 2020


Back To Top

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Top results

What is Silica? | Lung Foundation

Silica is found in many materials common on construction sites, including soil, sand, concrete, masonry, rock, granite, and landscaping materials.

Read more on Lung Foundation Australia website

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease | National Centre for Farmer Health

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and respiratory illness is a major cause of death in Australia and is more common in farming communities. Read more...

Read more on National Centre for Farmer Health website

Respiratory distress syndrome in babies | Raising Children Network

Respiratory distress syndrome (hyaline membrane disease) is a breathing difficulty in premature babies. Babies who have it need special treatment in NICUs.

Read more on raisingchildren.net.au website

Asthma, Respiratory diseases - Lab Tests Online AU

Asthma is a chronic inflammation and narrowing of airways. It is characterised by wheeze, shortness of breath, cough or chest tightness.

Read more on Lab Tests Online AU website

Chronic neonatal lung disease | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

What is chronic neonatal lung disease? Chronic neonatal lung disease (CNLD) is a general term for persisting respiratory problems in premature babies

Read more on Sydney Children's Hospitals Network website

COPD Overview| Lung Foundation Australia

Being told you or someone you love has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease can be a very overwhelming and frightening experience.

Read more on Lung Foundation Australia website

Lung cancer: Overview | Cancer Council Victoria

Understand more about lung cancer including the different types, how common it is, risk factors and symptoms.

Read more on Cancer Council Victoria website

Inhaler devices for respiratory medicines - NPS MedicineWise

Learn more about inhaler options for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) & asthma. 

Read more on NPS MedicineWise website

Lung conditions - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - Better Health Channel

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the collective term for a number of lung diseases that prevent proper breathing.

Read more on Better Health Channel website

What is asthma? - National Asthma Council Australia

Asthma is a disease of the airways which are the breathing tubes that carry air into our lungs

Read more on National Asthma Council Australia website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo