About Us

About this website
Ailsa Pitcher started the website ‘IPF Support Group’ to provide a sympathetic environment for supporting people and their families/carers throughout the course of their disease.

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation was asked to take over her work for her in early 2018, by providing this information on the ARFNZ’s website to build awareness about the condition.

About the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation
Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is New Zealand’s not-for-profit sector authority on all respiratory conditions including asthma, bronchiectasis, childhood bronchiolitis, childhood pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, obstructive sleep apnoea and now Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is a registered charity and leading authority on asthma and other respiratory conditions. We advocate to government, fund research, educate on best practice, provide resources and raise awareness for 700,000 Kiwis living with a respiratory condition.

Thank you
A huge thank you to Ailsa Pitcher, who started the IPF support group after her loving husband Robin passed away from the condition in 2010. Throughout Robin’s time with the condition, Ailsa saw a need for support and information for those living with this condition in New Zealand, and a need for further information and knowledge for health professionals too, which motivated her to set up a website to provide this.