Lung Foundation Australia is 25 years young today and we’re taking a breath to reflect on how far we’ve come since 1990.
Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said even with the huge advances in health management in the past quarter of a century, lung disease continues to be a major issue for Australians.
“Last year, we worked with the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research to develop a report that summarised, in one place and for the first time, information about the overall prevalence, burden and impact of lung disease in Australia,” Mrs Allan said.
Lung Foundation Australia is launching an Australia-first paediatric program created specifically to help families and carers of children with a rare lung disease.
The Young Lungs program focuses on connecting and supporting families who have a child with a rare lung disease such as Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD), congenital diaphragmatic hernia or children’s Interstitial Lung Disease (chILD).
Young Lungs Expert Advisory Group Chair Professor Adam Jaffe, said the new program would develop information to help parents with the common issues they may face when their child is diagnosed or is going through the process of diagnosis for a rare lung disease.
A new report released today reveals lung disease contributes to more than 10 per cent of the overall health burden in Australia.
Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said the report, prepared especially for Lung Foundation Australia by the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, summarises in one place and for the first time, information about the overall prevalence, burden and impact of lung disease in Australia.
Mrs Allan said that, while statistics on various lung diseases are collected, they are not necessarily reported together.
Matt Hall’s family has a long flying history, and is a third generation pilot. Feeling the need for speed he left the RAAF, where he was a fighter combat (Top Gun) instructor, to race in the Red Bull Air Racing competition. To check out how Matt will do next season, which starts in February 2015, check out Matt’s website here and the Red Bull Air Racing site here.
Justin “Jughead” Allport is part of a group of Aussie surfers who seek out the biggest waves they can find. Sometimes that means some injuries with Allport once blowing out his eardrum after being pushed deep underwater. He is able to hold his breath for a two wave hold-down which can see a surfer pushed down 20 to 50 feet. And it’s the pressure at this depth that causes an eardrum to rupture. Maybe enjoy the view from dry land when Justen hits the water next, check the big wave websites, like this one, for details.
James Morrison has released a new album ‘The Very Best Of James Morrison’. A double compact disk collection of James’ favourite tracks, it is a must have for any music fan. With a career so filled with highlights it seems that James must have done just about everything he could want to do, but he continues to deliver great live performances and is a true international jazz super star. For all his tour and music news check out his website here.
If you happen to be in Queensland on the 22nd – 23rd November why not see Melissa Breen in action. Melissa broke the 20 year record for the 100m when she ran a time of 11.11 seconds at the ACT Championships in February 2014. Australia’s fastest women over 100m will be taking part in the athletics carnival at Telstra Queanbeyan Gift, Queanbeyan, NSW. For Melissa’s other upcoming races check out her website here.
With a huge season in 2014 for Casey crashed through the tennis rankings to secure a spot at 29. That’s was an incredible jump up from 210 only a year before. Casey knows that 2015 will be a tough year but is feeling completely confident in her fitness and determination. Let’s get behind Casey and see one of our favourite Australians tennis players bring home the silverware in the coming season. To follow Casey’s form visit her website for news and details of her upcoming matches.
One of our favourite Australian signers, Christine Anu has announced that she is releasing an album and you have the chance to pre-order it now. This new work includes duets with Steve Clisby (The Voice finalist), Jay Laga’aia (actor and children’s presenter) and Christine’s children – Kuiam and Zipporah. Click here to preview some of the new songs and to pre-order the album.
On October 17th, two legends took to the stage at Brisbane Riverstage. 72 year old American folk artist Rodriguez is currently touring Australia and local artists have lined up to play these shows. The amazingly talented Archie Roach brought his powerful singer-songwriting skills along when he opened for the famous Sugarman. Check out a review of the show here.
Canapés and bubbles on the deck of a naval destroyer. World-class sunset selfies. The launch of the Just One Breath campaign is on Saturday November 1 at 6:30 pm. Join us inside the Lighthouse Gallery of the Australian National Maritime Museum for a sumptuous three course dinner, amazing special guest entertainment and the launch of Australia’s new lung health initiative. Funds from the Gala Dinner will support those affected by lung disease. Click here to book.
We are delighted to have such an inspirational group of champions ready to spread the word about the Just One Breath campaign. We would like to thank Matt Hall, Casey Dellacqua, Archie Roach, Christine Anu, Justen ‘Jughead’ Allport, James Morrison and Melissa Breen for the huge effort they have made in helping us push the lung health message.
Check this news section to find out what other projects and events your favourite champion is involved in. Whether they are playing a gig, involved in a sporting fixture or flying their planes, we will keep you posted.