The Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, visited The Children’s Hospital at Westmead recently to learn more about the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients.
The Governor-General is Patron of Cystic Fibrosis Australia, a national body that provides support and advocacy for people with CF and their families.
CF primarily affects the lungs and digestive system because of a malfunction in the exocrine system, responsible for producing saliva, sweat, tears and mucus.
There is currently no cure for CF, but greatly improved treatment options are dramatically increasing the life expectancy of someone with this genetic condition. Previously children with CF were not expected to become adults but patients are living much longer, allowing them to have careers, families and greater quality of life.
CF is diagnosed when a baby is a newborn, often through the Newborn Screening Program which tests babies for this and other serious genetic conditions.
It was a pleasure to host a visit from the Governor General and to share with him some of the great work being undertaken by clinciians and researchers at both The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Westmead Hospital, as well as introduce him to some of the inspirational patients and families living with CF.