The Cause

Funds raised from The Long Walk for Lungs will be dedicated to go towards:

  • research into IPF -  to improve the outcomes for those affected

  • raising awareness about this devastating disease and

  • supporting those who have the disease.


About Lung Foundation Australia

Lung Foundation Australia is the only national charity dedicated to supporting anyone with a lung disease. Since 1990, we have been the national first point-of-call for patients, their families, carers, health professionals and the general community. Our Mission is to improve lung health and reduce the impact of lung disease for all Australians by:

  • Supporting those with lung disease, their families and carers.

  • Driving world class research

  • Promoting lung health and timely diagnosis of lung disease.

  • Providing clinical support and education.

  • Promoting equitable access to evidence-based care.

The organisation relies on the generosity of the community through donations, membership, bequests, grants, and support from business and industry. Find out more at


Fast facts

Lung disease overview

  • There are over 30 types of lung disease

  • 1 in 4 Australians have a lung disease

  • Lung disease is responsible for more than 10% of Australia’s overall health burden

  • 1 in 7 deaths are a result of lung disease

  • Over 50% of Australian adults rarely think about their lung health

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • 1 in 7 Australians over 40 have COPD, many don’t know it

  • COPD is the 2nd leading cause of avoidable hospital admissions

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

  • IPF is a debilitating and fatal lung disease

  • The prevalence of IPF is estimated at 1.25–63 out of 100 000

Lung Cancer - Australia’s biggest cancer killer

  • Lung cancer kills more Australians than breast, prostate and ovarian cancers combined

  • 25 people die each day from lung cancer

  • Approximately 12,500 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men diagnosed with lung cancer will have never smoked


  • Publicity, empathy, research and funding for lung diseases in Australia remain extremely low

  • Of 15 nationalities, Australians have the least sympathy for people with lung cancer

  • Less than 5 cents of every cancer research dollar goes to lung cancer

References and sources of facts & figures


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