Breathe Well

Improving the management of chronic respiratory diseases.

Breathe Well: Centre of Research Excellence for Chronic Respiratory Disease and Lung Ageing

The Breathe Well CRE team focuses on better understanding the causes and improving the management of chronic respiratory diseases, with a focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and asthma.

The team focuses on preserving respiratory health in the community from youth to old age, and optimising respiratory health through innovative approaches to detection and therapy.

Lung disease is a significant and growing health issue for many Australians. Approximately 2.1 million Australians have COPD and approximately 2 million Australians have asthma. Our mission is to optimise the health of these Australians and prevent this number from growing in the future.

Specialist Fields and Areas of Investigation

The Breathe Well team research across a number of specialist areas. In the area of Health Services, collaboration occurs through Cochrane as well as the development of self-management strategies for chronic disease. With expertise across epidemiology, immunology and pathology, the team works to understand the natural history of lung disease and the impacts this has on the health of the Australian population. Furthermore, they aim to understand the underlying mechanisms behind the development of chronic airways disease, in particular chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema and chronic bronchitis).

Key Information

CRE Investigators:

Contact details:

Professor Haydn Walters (Director of Breathe Well CRE; Co-Director of TAHS)


Research theme areas:

  • Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease
  • Healthcare and Support Services