Respiratory Disease

Lung disease affects more than 2.6 million Australians and puts a large financial burden on our health system:

  • Around 14% of all deaths each year in Australia are a result of lung disease
  • Around 8,000 Australians die from lung cancer each year
  • Each year, lung disease causes nearly 350,000 hospitalisations in Australia:

Lung Cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women:

  • Around 10,000 Australians are diagnosed with Lung Cancer each year.
  • Lung cancer is the biggest cause of death from cancer, responsible for one in every 5 deaths (19%)
  • Survival has increased over the last 26 years, but remains very low at only 13 out of 100 people with cancer surving five years beyond their diagnosis.

pdf Lung Disease in Australia - Woolcock Institute of Medical Research Report 2014 (1.40 MB)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive and irreversible lung condition that affects a person's ability to breathe and can have a significant impact on their quality of life.


A recently conducted patient satisfaction survey at the Respiratory Investigation Unit RPA has revealed that many patients do not know in advance what their tests will involve and how to prepare for them. In order to address these concerns please see a brochure for referring practioners to give their patients before their appointment. You can download a patient brochure below: Respiratory Investigation Brochure.