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COPD doesn’t have to stop you from living your dreams.

World COPD Day is an important opportunity to raise awareness about the symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and highlight the resources available to support patients and their caregivers.

World COPD Day

World COPD Day is an annual global initiative run by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) to raise awareness about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and improve COPD care throughout the world.

In 2018, Lung Foundation Australia’s World COPD Day campaign ‘don’t let shortness of breath stop you from living your dreams’ is focused on raising awareness of COPD symptoms, and empowering people with COPD to take control of their condition. Whilst there are many medicines available to treat COPD symptoms, there are also a number of lifestyle habits which can dramatically improve symptoms, and even slow disease progression.

Hundreds of thousands of people across Australia have COPD and many don’t even know it. Often they’re struggling with daily symptoms and experience a lower quality of life. Without targeted treatments, their condition will unfortunately progress more quickly. This is also the case for many people diagnosed with COPD who simply aren’t aware of the lifestyle changes they can make to reduce the impact their condition has on their life.

With the right diagnosis, support and care, patients can dramatically improve their quality of life.

You can help raise awareness of COPD and help people get the treatment and support they deserve by getting involved in a World COPD Day event.

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung condition that results in obstruction of airflow in the breathing tubes or airways of the lungs. It causes narrowing of the bronchial tubes in the lungs (sometimes called bronchi or airways), making it difficult to breathe.

Sometimes air gets trapped in the lungs causing the feeling of breathlessness. When the condition occurs it is chronic (long-term) in nature, and therefore the airflow obstruction is usually permanent or irreversible.

COPD is an umbrella term for a group of lung conditions including:

  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic asthma.

Who is at risk?

Anyone can get COPD. However, your risk can be increased if you:

  • Smoked or have ever smoked
  • Work or worked in a job that exposed you to dust, gas, fumes or chemicals
  • Have a family history of lung disease.
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About Lung Foundation Australia

Lung Foundation Australia is the only national first point of call working to support anyone living with a lung disease. Every day we work to support patients and caregivers through funding research and offering programs, services and evidence-based lung health information.

Our mission is to improve lung health and reduce the impact of lung disease for all Australians by:

  • Driving community awareness about lung health
  • Funding world class, life-changing research
  • Advocating for people with a lung condition to receive the level of care and treatment they deserve
  • Providing information and support for patients
  • Facilitating best-practice training and education for health professionals.

We work across all areas of lung disease, with a particular focus on lung cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and rare lung diseases including Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), bronchiectasis and rare lung disease in children. We rely on the generosity of the community, businesses and industry organisations to fund our work.