APF Activities


The Australian Pituitary Foundation engages in activities including

Support Network

The APF provides a welcome source of information and support for people of all ages facing the challenge of a pituitary disorder diagnosis. From providing a network of members willing to talk on the phone, by email or in our secure chat forum; to running educational seminars and social activities, the APF provides a comprehensive support network to suit all tastes.

Advocacy

The APF has successfully lobbied to increase the availability of pituitary medications – one success being to include Sandostatin LAR on the list of medications funded through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1998. More recently, the APF has campaigned for PBS funding of Growth Hormone (GH) for severely GH-deficient adults. Today's GH deficient children – who are subsidised for the cost – are tomorrow's GH deficient adults where no subsidy is available.

Healthcare Professionals

Annually, the APF stages seminar days around the country to promote public and media awareness of the needs of pituitary patients. Through various publications and resources – often made available on this website – the Foundation provides an authoritative knowledge-base for pituitary patients, their families and carers

Support Groups

The APF has developed extensive links with Australian and overseas endocrine patient support groups. This allows rapid access to the latest knowledge about disorders and treatments. It also creates a strong and united political position to inform governments about the requirements of patients with pituitary disorders. The APF has joined forces with the Children’s Growth Foundation of Australia to support the families of children with growth hormone deficiency.