Lung alliance targets COPD

The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) president Professor Paul Reynolds said shortness of breath was being incorrectly attributed to ageing, making respiratory illness “an invisible burden on the community”.

The alliance planned to collaborate in raising public awareness, improving management and boosting research for diseases like lung cancer, which was currently under-funded despite being the most lethal malignancy, he said.

The group also believed Australia’s two million asthma sufferers could benefit from more targeted treatment, he said.

The Lung Health Alliance comprises TSANZ, the Australian Lung Foundation, Asthma Australia, the National Asthma Council Australia, the Australian Respiratory Council and Cystic Fibrosis Australia.