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» Statement of collaborative intent 2012-2015
The Lung Health Alliance is a collective of national respiratory not-for-profit organisations working together to improve the lung health of individuals and communities in Australia and to contribute to the global effort for lung health. The following organisations are members of the Alliance: Asthma Australia, Australian Respiratory Council, Cystic Fibrosis Australia, National Asthma Council Australia, The Australian Lung Foundation, The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand.

» The Lung Health Alliance acknowledges the personal, social and economic cost of respiratory illness:


  • About 6 million Australians reported suffering from a chronic respiratory disease in 2004–05.
  • In 2007–08, general practitioners in Australia managed respiratoryproblems more than any other
    condition (19% of all encounters)
  • In 2006, diseases of the respiratory system were the third most common underlying causes of death (8%) in Australia.
  • In 2004–05, Australia spent $3.3 billion directly on respiratory diseases, making this the sixth highest disease expenditure group.
  • In 2004, the global leading cause of death among children under the age of five was acute espiratory infections and a leading cause of overall loss of healthy life years2

» The members of the Alliance have committed to discuss issues of mutual interest and progress issues related to respiratory health. The following areas of collaborative activity have been agreed:


  • Joint statements and advocacy
  • Messaging and campaigns
  • Projects

» In pursuing this collaborative activity, the following principles will be followed:

  • Proactively inform each other and work together wherever this can
    contribute to better respiratory health outcomes and services
  • Maximise the impact of advocacy through strategic collaboration
  • Engage with external partners to ensure we operate in an informed,
    inclusive and respectful manner.

» This means the Lung Health Alliance members will:

  • Collectively support coordination and collaboration, acknowledging
    the advantages in having multiple parties advocating on the one issue
  • Use the Lung Health Alliance name only if all are agreed to the joint action, with organisations being free to issue joint or solo statements
  • Neither exclude nor speak on behalf of a member organisation.

Alliance activities will be managed and monitored by the Lung Health Alliance Chief Executive Officers’ Group in accordance with the Operational Brief of the Group.