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QCoal Foundation Grants Improve Health Outcomes in the Bowen Basin

Cystic Fibrosis is the most common, life-limiting genetic condition affecting Australians. There is no cure, and from birth, a person with the disease will require constant medical treatment and physiotherapy.

Treatment progress is being made and over the last 15 years, life expectancy has risen from 18 years to nearly 50.

Understanding the disease and early intervention are key to helping save lives which is why QCoal Foundation has contributed funding to several Cystic Fibrosis Queensland programs through our Community Grant program.

The most recent project, Every Breath Counts, supports Cystic Fibrosis sufferers in the Bowen Basin by providing spirometers. The spirometer is an easy to use, personal equipment device which measures the volume of air expired by the lungs.

Daily use of a spirometer to measure peak airflow educates and informs both the user and the clinicians about patterns in lung capacity over the course of time. This allows for early detection of infection and virus, which can worsen life expectancy outcomes. Results are electronically recorded and transmitted to clinicians located in Brisbane.

The benefits of this program are clear and include:

  • Improved accuracy and ease of daily respiratory recordings.
  • Improved mental health and wellbeing due to the increased sense of agency over the disease which comes from self-treatment.
  • Decrease in hospital admissions and length of hospital stays for rural, regional, and remote members.
  • Decrease of the financial pressure associated with chronic illness for vulnerable members living in rural, regional, and remote regions.
  • Improved mental health and wellbeing amongst the immediate recipients due the financial, emotional, and physical improvements.

Additionally, less time traveling to the city for specialist care means more time at home with family and being a part of the community.

If your organisation has a project that improves the health, education or liveability of your community, you can learn more about our Community Grant program here.