Today marks the launch of the Lung Learning Hub – Australia’s key source of quality-assured and evidence-based respiratory health education and training for primary healthcare professionals.
The Lung Learning Framework is the first of its kind for respiratory health in the world and sets the country’s best-practice standards for the diagnosis, treatment and care of lung conditions. The framework is in response to many chronic and rare lung diseases being diagnosed too late or misdiagnosed and will better support the 1 in 3 Australians living with a lung condition.
The project, funded by the Department of Health as part of the National Strategic Action Plan for Lung Conditions, is a collaborative initiative between leading lung health organisations Lung Foundation Australia, The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, and Asthma Australia.
It provides a central source of training and education, and a self-appraisal function for health professionals to improve knowledge and skills in respiratory healthcare with the goal to optimise patient care and outcomes.
General Practitioner Dr Kerry Hancock says the Lung Learning Hub provides a great tool for professional development.
“The interactive manner of working through the competencies on the Lung Learning Hub will assist busy health professionals to quickly assess areas they might wish to strengthen,” Dr Hancock said.
Lung Foundation Australia CEO Mark Brooke says the education and training is underpinned by reliable and up-to-date research and evidence, and will continually evolve to provide qualityassured information. “The Lung Learning Hub will host quality assured lung health education and training which is very encouraging and paves a pathway for professionals to map their learning needs,” said Asthma Australia CEO Michele Goldman.
TSANZ CEO Dr Graham Hall says a key element of the lung learning hub is the application for all Australians, with an emphasis on culturally safe practices that are inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and regional and remote communities.
The Hub also provides an opportunity for training and education providers to submit courses and learning opportunities for evaluation against the Lung Learning Framework and, upon approval, will then be made available to primary healthcare professionals through the Lung Learning Hub, making the Hub a go to place for all lung learning material.
Health professionals are encouraged to complete the self-appraisal to better understand their levels of confidence against the four domains, after which a recommended list of educational activities will be made accessible to them.
To learn more about the Lung Learning Hub and view current training opportunities, visit