The Australian Respiratory Council (ARC) has a distinguished history as an advocate and champion for public health initiatives. Throughout the last century, ARC has established a role and profile as an organisation that has successfully engaged civil society, academics, researchers, government and industry to bring focus to investment in our agency’s mission and vision; to develop and support innovative and effective approaches to research and development in lung health and to improve lung health in communities, with an emphasis on disadvantaged groups.
In partnership with leading local and global agencies, ARC has been able to contribute to health care worker training and development, program capacity building, implementation of community based approaches to improving lung health and support for communities in need both within Australia and across the region. Through the development of partnerships and by initiating or adding value to programs and projects that contribute to respiratory health, a small agency can make a difference.
ARC continues to provide seed funding for leading researchers to initiate new projects directed towards improving health care for tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases. Research is vital in discovering new approaches to early diagnosis of disease, developing new drugs and evaluating new programs for effective disease management.
ARC continues to develop projects in partnership with aligned organisations to improve respiratory health in disadvantaged communities, such as Indigenous Australians. The ARC is also committed to working in collaboration with health care workers in the Pacific Islands and with our Asia Pacific neighbours to assist in developing programs for the diagnosis and management of tuberculosis (TB) and other respiratory diseases.