We provide educational resources about cystic fibrosis (CF) for teachers, parents, students and health professionals.
Cystic Fibrosis Resources for schools and the community
Our aim is to improve understanding of cystic fibrosis (CF) within the school community so that students who have CF feel supported and are understood in terms of their health, educational and emotional requirements. Our CF school resources include teachers guides, student health plans and free CF e-learning modules.
What is CFSmart?
Teacher, Hayley Dureau from Mount Waverley Secondary College, tells us all about the CFSmart resource. CFSmart is FREE and the e-learning modules can be completed by all staff at your school, there is no limit on numbers. The more your school learns about CF the better support you can give to your students who have this condition.
Who We Are
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There are over 3000 people living with CF in Australia.
To have a child with CF both parents carry the CF gene.
One million people carry the CF gene and most are unaware.
Hi, my name is Ned and I am 10 and have cystic fibrosis (CF). This is a photo of me with my brother Lucas, we are both pretty good basketballers. There is one year between me and my brother. We do most things together. I was diagnosed with CF the day after I was born. I had Meconium Ileus and was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne for surgery. I stayed there for about 13 weeks until I was strong enough to come home. I’ve been in and out of hospital since then. Some years are better than others. I seem to go for a tune-up every 18 months but sometimes I’ve been in twice a year. I get frustrated when I’m in hospital. I like to run around and stay active and I miss playing with my brother and friends and being at home. I like being home doing my own thing and I really don’t like having the IV drip in my arm all the time. It makes me feel claustrophobic.
CFSmart has been developed by Cystic Fibrosis Western Australia (CFWA) and Cystic Fibrosis Community Care (CFCC), thanks to funding from the Ian Potter Foundation and Novartis. CFWA and CFCC are not-for-profit organisations that contribute to the social, physical and emotional wellbeing of those affected by CF in Australia.