The Lungitude Foundation brings together people who are passionate about lung transplant excellence for patients and carers.
Launched in March 2017, Lungitude is a registered Australian charity that advocates for a human (patient) best practice outcome, rather than a health system outcome.
What started off as funding research into lung (organ) rejection post transplant, inspired by The Margaret Pratt Foundation, now covers the whole lung transplant journey for both patients and carers.
Our journeys as patients, carers, friends or industry experts have resulted in a unique collaboration.
It is making a real difference.
We are proud of what we have achieved to date with your support.
We continue to focus on funding and facilitating world-class translational research, advocating for lung transplant excellence, building a strong community of support, and educating key audiences.
The Lungitude Foundation is inspired by The Margaret Pratt Heart Lung Transplant Research Foundation, a registered Australian charity that was established in 1999 by co-founders Margaret and Tony Pratt. Their vision was to encourage, develop and maintain Australia’s world class expertise in the field of organ transplantation by supporting research that addresses the problems faced by children and adults after lung transplantation.
Margaret was diagnosed in 1993 with primary pulmonary hypertension, a rare condition affecting the blood vessels of the lungs, and was the first person in Australia to undergo 3 double lung transplants. Sadly Margaret lost her battle with chronic lung rejection and passed away on 13th September 2009. Margaret was an inspiration to those who had the privilege of knowing her and working with her.
The Margaret Pratt Foundation raised around $1.4 million for The Alfred Lung Transplant Research Team and lay the cornerstone of the vital life-saving work that continues today. An achievement accomplished by a team of dedicated and passionate volunteers who donated their time and skills over a period of 16 years.
The Lungitude Foundation continues to build on Margaret’s legacy as we further expand and facilitate world-class lung transplant research, advocacy, support and education that we can all be proud of.