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Lung health checklist

Good to see you are thinking about your lungs. Let me take you through these eight questions and let’s check out how healthy your lungs are.

Together, we’ll go through the questions and I’ll give some handy hints along the way. At the end I’ll let you know what your results are and what you need to do. I’ll read the questions and you click No if you don’t have these symptoms and Yes if you do. It won’t take long.

Cathy Freeman - Olympic Gold Medalist

Question 1

Are you or a loved one coughing? Or do you have a cough that won’t go away?

Cathy Freeman - Olympic Gold Medalist

Coughing can mean your lungs are having trouble getting enough air. If your cough is sticking around for longer than 3 weeks, you should go see your doctor.

Question 2

Are you or a loved one coughing up phlegm, mucus or blood?

Cathy Freeman - Olympic Gold Medalist

Phlegm and mucus is that sticky stuff you bring up when you cough. If you have these symptoms for more than 3 weeks, see your Doctor.

If you are coughing up blood, go see your doctor as quickly as possible and get it checked out – it may be nothing but better to check.

Question 3

Are you or a loved one feeling like you are running out of breath easier than people your age?

Cathy Freeman - Olympic Gold Medalist

There can be many reasons why people get breathless or get out of puff. People who are unfit, overweight or are sick with a cold can be breathless or it could be something more serious. If you don’t know why you are breathless, see your doctor.

Question 4

Are you or a loved one feeling tight in the chest or wheezing?

Cathy Freeman - Olympic Gold Medalist

Wheezing is a whistling sound from the chest when you breathe in or out. Wheezing can come from asthma or infection.

Question 5

Do you or a loved one get chest infections all the time?

Cathy Freeman - Olympic Gold Medalist

Most chest infections happen when its colder - you must rug up well in winter. If you get a chest infection, you should see your doctor. Drink lots of water and rest up. Even if you’re feeling better finish your medicine and any antibiotics that your Doc gives. If you are still not feeling well, there’s no shame in going back to your doctor having a yarn and asking for more help.

Question 6

Have you or a loved one had any chest pain? Always feel tired? Or lost a lot of weight all of a sudden?

Cathy Freeman - Olympic Gold Medalist

There are many reasons why you could be feeling any of these symptoms. The most important thing for our mob is to notice these things, don’t brush it off and get it checked out!

Question 7

Are you or your loved one a smoker or an ex-smoker?

Cathy Freeman - Olympic Gold Medalist

Living smoke free is the best thing you can do to take care of your and your mob’s lungs. If you smoke, try to stop. We know quitting the smoko reduces your risk of lung and heart disease. It is not easy to quit but just remember there is help out there, don’t be shame, be game and ask for help.

Question 8

Have you or loved one ever worked in a job where there was lots of dust, gas or smoke?

Cathy Freeman - Olympic Gold Medalist

Breathing in dust, gas or smoke is bad for your lung health. Yarn with your doctor and get some advice on how to keep you and your mob safe.

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Thank you

Thanks for checking in on your lung health. Your answers suggest you have been looking after your lung health. Well-done! If you do have any concerns about your lung health you should speak with your local doctor.

Thank you for taking some time out to have a yarn with me today. I want you to share this checklist with your mob. Tell them to check in with me and check out their lung health.

It’s important to take care of your lungs…without healthy lungs you can’t breathe. Taking care of my lung health helped me reach my goal to win an Olympic gold medal in Sydney.


Note: This Lung Health Checklist has been designed by Lung Foundation Australia and the Queensland Government’s Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care Program to assist the community in monitoring their lung health. It is intended to be used as a guide only and is not an authoritative statement. Please consult your doctor for medical opinion or advice.

Thank you

Thanks for checking in on your lung health. Your symptoms suggest you don’t have any signs of a lung disease. You do have risks such as smoking or dusty environments that can be damaging your lungs. Look after your lungs and speak to your doctor about how to quit smoking and taking care of your lungs.

Thank you for taking some time out to have a yarn with me today. I want you to share this checklist with your mob. Tell them to check in with me and check out their lung health.

It’s important to take care of your lungs…without healthy lungs you can’t breathe. Taking care of my lung health helped me reach my goal to win an Olympic gold medal in Sydney.

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Note: This Lung Health Checklist has been designed by Lung Foundation Australia and the Queensland Government’s Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care Program to assist the community in monitoring their lung health. It is intended to be used as a guide only and is not an authoritative statement. Please consult your doctor for medical opinion or advice.

Thank you

Thanks for checking in on your lung health. You have answered yes to one or more of these questions. I’d suggest you go see your doctor and tell them what’s going on. Your local doctor can talk to you, they may do some tests and will check up on how your lungs are working.

Thank you for taking some time out to have a yarn with me today. I want you to share this checklist with your mob. Tell them to check in with me and check out their lung health.

It’s important to take care of your lungs…without healthy lungs you can’t breathe. Taking care of my lung health helped me reach my goal to win an Olympic gold medal in Sydney.

Generate report
Note: This Lung Health Checklist has been designed by Lung Foundation Australia and the Queensland Government’s Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care Program to assist the community in monitoring their lung health. It is intended to be used as a guide only and is not an authoritative statement. Please consult your doctor for medical opinion or advice.
Your symptoms:
  • Persistent or changed cough.
  • Cough up mucus, phlegm or blood.
  • Get out of breath more easily than others your age.
  • Experience chest tightness or wheeze.
  • Frequent chest infections.
  • Experience chest pain, fatigue, or have sudden weight loss
  • Smoker or ex-smoker.
  • Worked in a job that exposed them to dust, gas or fumes.