What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis (also called CF) is the most common, life-limiting genetic condition affecting Australians. In Australia, more than 3,700 people are living with cystic fibrosis and 1 in 25 people carry the recessive cystic fibrosis gene.

Babies born today with cystic fibrosis can expect to live well into adulthood. There is no cure, but advances in treatment and care are helping people to better manage the chronic illness.

Cystic fibrosis affects the airways, lungs, endocrine system by causing an abnormal build-up of thick and sticky mucus. Treatment requires intensive daily physiotherapy to clear the lungs and airways, countless medications and frequent hospitalisations.

Secondary health conditions associated with cystic fibrosis but not limited to are diabetes, arthritis, cancer, liver disease, sinusitis and mental health. Some people will experience issues with fertility.

Cystic Fibrosis Queensland is the peak community not for profit charity working with and for the increasing number of people living with cystic fibrosis who attend a Queensland Health clinic for treatment. We advocate for the entire cystic fibrosis community and seek to raise much needed awareness of this debilitating condition.