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Anyone can get lung disease

Lung disease affects millions of Australians. It may affect you or someone close to you in their lifetime. Early diagnosis is critical to improve their outcome and quality of life. Don’t wait until it’s too late, encourage your friends and family to check in with their lungs.

1 Complete the checklist

 Anyone can get lung disease. It kills 1 in 7 Australians, yet many of us tend to ignore the signs and symptoms for far too long. Don’t wait until it’s too late – if you can’t breathe, nothing else matters. Take 2 minutes to check in with your lungs. 

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2 Share the checklist

Think of 4 people you know. One of those four people will be impacted by lung disease in their lifetime. Early diagnosis is critical to improve their outcome and quality of life. Encourage your friends and family to take 2 minutes to check in with their lungs during Lung Health Awareness Month in May:

3 Donate

Lung disease is the second leading cause of death in Australia, yet research, publicity and support for those affected is extremely low. Every dollar counts – you can help make a difference in the lives of the 1 in 4 Australian affected by lung disease.

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4 Share our promotion pack

Download and share our promotion pack with your networks which includes posters, newsletter piece, social media tiles and social media content.

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Living with a lung disease?

Shortness of breath is one of the most common challenges for people living with a lung disease. Many people find using a battery operated fan can help control breathlessness, and research has shown that a cool draft of air from a hand-held fan can be very effective in reducing symptoms.

How to use a hand-held fan

Follow the three steps below and you should start to feel a benefit in a few minutes:

  1. Hold the fan about 15 centimetres from your face so you can feel the air on your top lip.
  2. Slowly move the fan from side to side so that the breeze covers the bottom half of your face.
  3. Remember to use your controlled breathing techniques and try and relax your shoulders. To find out more about controlled breathing techniques talk to your health professional.

You can use your fan as often and for as long as you like. Keep it handy when at home and also take it with you when you go out. You may find it helpful to use your fan if you stop for a ‘breather’ after doing an activity that makes you breathless, such as walking, climbing stairs or for sudden breathlessness when you are still.

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