Your respiratory system brings oxygen into your body and helps to remove carbon dioxide. Learn more about how it functions and related conditions.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for certain long-term lung conditions including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma.
Common in people of all ages, chest infections can occur alongside a cold or the flu. Discover more about the causes, symptoms and treatment options for chest infections.
Emphysema and COPD statistics
Emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a significant impact on Australians. See some trusted statistics and learn more here.
During a bronchoscopy, a doctor views your airways and lungs. By inserting a tube attached to a camera, they aim to diagnose or treat a condition.
Trusted information on lung diseases, plus links to trusted resources.
Obstructive lung diseases
People with obstructive lung disease, such as COPD, asthma or CF, experience shortness of breath. Learn more about obstructive lung diseases.
Emphysema is a progressive lung disease usually caused by cigarette smoking. It causes shortness of breath and coughing.
A deviated septum is a condition in which the nasal septum is significantly crooked, making breathing difficult. Learn more about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.
Influenza A (flu)
Influenza A is a highly contagious respiratory illness. It’s not usually dangerous if you are healthy, but can cause serious problems if you’re not. Find out more about what influenza A is, what the symptoms are and how to treat it.