Conflicts of Interests

Correct at May 2021

The COPD-X Guidelines Committee is responsible for updating the COPD-X Guidelines. All below-named members of the COPD-X Guidelines Committee are required to lodge declarations of potential conflicts of interest with Lung Foundation Australia on an annual basis. Such disclosures include the receipt of unrestricted educational grants, sponsorship, consultancy or other affiliations with the pharmaceutical, medical equipment or diagnostic industries.

Committee Member

Conflict of interest declaration

Professor Ian Yang, MBBS(Hons), PhD, FRACP, Grad Dip Clin Epid, FAPSR, FThorSoc, Thoracic Physician, The Prince Charles Hospital and The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD (Co-Chair) Dr Yang is an employee of The Prince Charles Hospital, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Health and The University of Queensland.He declares that he has not received consultancy fees or honoraria from pharmaceutical companies, and has not acted as a member of advisory boards for pharmaceutical companies.

Dr Yang has a volunteer role in the COPD-X Guidelines Committee and COPD Clinical Advisory Committee Program of Lung Foundation Australia (, a not-for-profit public benevolent institution.

His institutions have received project grants and fellowships from the following sources:

  • National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC)
  • Metro North Hospital and Health Service
  • The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation
  • Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland

He is on the editorial boards of Respirology, Respiratory Medicine Today, Journal of Thoracic Disease and the Cochrane Airways Group.

Associate Professor Eli Dabscheck, MBBS, M Clin Epi, FRACP, Respiratory and Sleep Physician, Department of Respiratory Medicine, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC (Co-Chair) No conflicts to declare
Dr Johnson George, BPharm, MPharm, PhD, Grad Cert Higher Education, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC Dr Johnson George is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University, who is his primary employer.

Dr George has received research grants from GSK, Pfizer, and Boehringer Ingelheim, which have been credited to the university accounts.

These research programs have been investigator-initiated and the pharmaceutical companies have not been involved in the design or conduct of those studies.

Dr George has received no personal payments from these organisations.

Dr Renae McNamara, PhD, BAppSc(Phty), Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, NSW No conflicts to declare
Professor Christine F McDonald, AM, FAHMS, MBBS(Hons), PhD, FRACP, FThorSoc, Director, Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, The Austin Hospital, Melbourne, VIC No conflicts to declare
Professor Vanessa McDonald, Professor of Chronic Disease Nursing, Centre for Healthy Lungs, School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Newcastle; Academic Clinician, Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW Vanessa McDonald is a member of a steering committee for GSK <10K/year.
Professor Brian Smith, MBBS, Dip Clin Ep & Biostats, PhD, FRACP, Staff Specialist, Bendigo Hospital, Bendigo, VIC No conflicts to declare
Professor Nick Zwar, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRACGP, Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD No conflicts to declare