Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common, genetically acquired, life-shortening chronic illness affecting young Australians today.
It primarily affects the lungs and the digestive system, however, it also affects a number of other organs and systems.
Complications increase with age, requiring ever increasing levels of (self) care and support.
On average one in 25 people carry the CF gene (most of whom are unaware they are carriers).
To find out more about CF click ABOUT CF on the toolbar above.
Cystic Fibrosis support services organisations exist in every major jurisdiction of Australia, with the exception of the Northern Territory.
People living with CF in the Northern Territory are often supported by one or more of the adjoining CF organisations.
To contact your nearest CF organisation click CONTACT US on the toolbar above.
Most CF organisations in Australia began as member peer-support and self-help groups, growing over time to member services associations.
Today nearly all of these are modern not-for-profit health support services and research organisations involved with every aspect of living with
Cystic Fibrosis in their jurisdictions, including providing support services, raising public awareness, promoting carrier screening,
supporting research and lobbying for better health and wellbeing outcomes for those living with CF.
To find out more select the relevant entity on the map of Australia at top right of screen.
In 2003 Cystic Fibrosis Australia was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee with a number of the larger CF organisations as founding members and guarantors. Cystic Fibrosis Australia is focussed on national sponsorship, advocacy and awareness raising and on the promotion and funding of research.
All State and Territory CF organisations together with Cystic Fibrosis Australia work together collaboratively in a loosely coupled network to ensure better standards of care and quality of life for all Australians living with Cystic Fibrosis.
Funding for research into Cystic Fibrosis in Australia is through two principal foundations: the Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust (ACFRT) and Cystic Fibrosis Research Limited. To learn more about CF research select RESEARCH on the toolbar above.