There are hundreds of Australians living with a lung transplant every day.

They are being given a second chance to live with thanks to the generosity of their donor and donor family.

It is exciting how much patient outcomes have improved since Australia’s first lung transplant in 1986.

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Lung transplant patients in Australia continue to benefit from the expertise of world-class specialists, surgeons and lung transplant clinical & research teams.

The Alfred’s patient outcomes following lung transplantation remain the world’s best with 96% @ 1year and 74% @ 5year survival rates; figures that are significantly better than those reported by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Registry.

If you are a lung transplant patient in Australia you’re in excellent hands.

We also realise that you will understandably have many questions about having a lung transplant.

The following resources have been compiled to help you.

Note: While we make every effort to make sure the information in this website is accurate and informative, the information does not take the place of professional or medical advice. We can’t guarantee accuracy of any third party content or that it will apply to you.

Transplant Australia is a charity which supports transplant recipients and their families; people on the waiting list, donor families, living donors, healthcare professionals and all those touched by organ and tissue donation.

They are most well known for their programs which encourage physical activity to increase survival rates in transplant recipients, like the Australian Transplant Games and Fit for Life.

Transplant Australia has extensive information about Living with your Transplant which steps you through what to expect from the few days through to what you can and can’t eat, to the way you manage relationships, sex, medication and travel, putting the power in your hands as you navigate life after transplant.

The Heart and Lung Transplant Trust (Victoria) Inc. (HLTTV) is a not-for-profit association whose membership consists of heart and lung transplant patients, recipients, their carers and families.

HLTTV are associated with The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and are a resource for support, education and advocacy. If you are a patient or carer of The Alfred then you may be eligible for their Financial and Social Support. They also have Recipient Videos and a Gallery of Recipients enjoying life.

HLLTV has information about their Patient Help Desk, and the Pre, During and Post phases of the transplant journey, and Patient Booklets.

The Lung Foundation is a charity that delivers life-changing research and programs that support and provide hope to people of all ages with a lung disease, and their families, at every stage of the journey.

They are focused on the needs of those living with lung disease, so their resources are also useful for patients who are pre transplant managing their condition.

Their Resources section is comprehensive including:

We are actively developing our own resources so stay tuned for more to come. There are some exciting plans!

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