This is an important warning concerning the inherent risks that people with cystic fibrosis face when attending events organised by Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania. (“CFT”). Before you decide to attend an event, please read this warning very carefully.

It is intended that any event organised by CFT will be attended by members of the cystic fibrosis (“CF”) community for the primary purpose of their enjoyment, information, recreation and the opportunity to mix at the venue with other members of the CF community.

If you (or any children under 18 years of age who will attend a CFT event with your permission) have CF, there may be a real, serious and inherent risk that by attending the event you (or your children) will be exposed to pathogens that might severely harm your (or your children's) health. These pathogens could include (but are not limited to): Burkholderia cepacia, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, human respiratory syncytial virus, human parainfluenza viruses, influenza viruses or other pathogens that are currently unknown. For people with CF, exposure to these pathogens could lead to serious illness, injury or even death.

If you, or your accompanying children, attend a CFT event, then reducing physical contact (eg. kissing, shaking hands) is likely to reduce the risk of cross-infection, but there is no reliable or effective way to eliminate all risk of transfer of a pathogenic infection. You should also practice good public health hygiene (eg. hand washing, covering your mouth if you cough) to reduce the risk for others.

If you do not have CF and are attending a CFT event we ask that if you are unwell with any sort of respiratory like symptoms such as a severe cough, influenza or severe cold that you do not attend. The risk of passing on some of your symptoms to a person with CF is too high and you could place their health at risk.

Please also be aware and practice good public health hygiene at the event. For example in the situation where you do need to cough the best way to avoid transmitting any germs is to cough into your elbow. These issues are important to CFT as we care about the health of our members so we ask that you be aware of them.