Purpose, mission, values

Our vision

Cure. Care. Community.
Asthma Australia and its State/Territory Asthma Foundations – the nations’ leading lung health charity.

Our purpose

Together, we seek a cure for asthma.
Together, we strive to improve the quality of life for people with asthma by providing accessible, affordable and evidence-based services.
Together, we achieve our vision by raising funds and spending funds ethically and efficiently.
For over 50 years Asthma Australia and Asthma Foundations have been the leaders in asthma health care and research. Asthma Australia and member Foundations deliver high quality support to people with asthma and their carers. As one of the country’s largest and most respected respiratory organisations, with offices and staff in every State and Territory of Australia, Asthma Australia delivers evidence-based preventative health strategies to over 200,000 people every year. We offer support, training and resources to the primary health care sector and when treatment is required we ensure patients and their carers have the skills, information and power to be actively engaged in the decision making process. We fund vital basic science and population health research contributing to national and international understandings of asthma and how best to manage the disease.

Our values

Pioneering | Tenacious | Progressive | Transforming | Liberating | Reflective

Our goals

1. Programs and Partnerships
Asthma Australia and Asthma Foundations work collaboratively to improve the quality of life for people with asthma.
Asthma Australia and Asthma Foundations will reduce the burden of disease for people with poorly controlled asthma.
People and communities that are hard to reach, isolated or disadvantaged are given priority of access and the reach of our services is expanded.
2. Research, Evaluation and Innovation
By 2018 Asthma Australia and Asthma Foundations will provide $1.5 million per annum to support basic science and population health research.
Asthma Australia will lead innovation and a culture of continual quality improvement by critically evaluating the impact of our programs, services and policies with results to be transparently published.
3. Advocacy and Engagement
Asthma Australia is the nation’s peak asthma body and remains a highly regarded and credible respiratory organisation in our own right.
Asthma Australia and Asthma Foundations will engage with Commonwealth and State Governments to ensure that asthma remains a National Health Priority.
Investment by Government in asthma health care strategies and asthma research will grow.
4. People and Performance
Asthma Australia and Asthma Foundations are Employers of Choice and foster a culture and leadership capability aligned with strategy.
We partner with or employ Leaders in their field.
Improved data capability includes clinical, commercial and financial analysis.
5. Profile and Sustainability
By 2018 Asthma Australia will be a leading health charity brand and the leader in Lung Health Charities.
Through shared service delivery Asthma Australia and Asthma Foundations are financially secure with a high level of operational effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
6. Leadership and Governance
Asthma Australia provides the leadership, policy direction, support, resources and tools necessary for Asthma Foundations to continue to be successful.
Asthma Australia leads by example by implementing best practice governance, financial, risk management and human resource policies and strategies.