The Altitude Children’s Foundation Limited (ACFL) is a not for profit organisation established to promote education, develop research programs and work to establish awareness of all forms of Endocrinological disease including Juvenile Diabetes and Adrenal Insufficiency in Australia. The ACFL is committed to establishing long term solutions to disease suffers through education and support networks as well as working to develop new treatments with a
potential for a cure of these disorders.

What is Endocrinology?

Endocrinology covers a broad range of disorders related to hormonal dysfunction, such as diabetes, but also includes a range of other conditions leading to abnormal growth or impaired physical development such as short stature, early or late onset puberty.  All these conditions require professional diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care in some cases for life.

  • Type 1 & 2 Diabetes
  • Adrenal Insufficiency 
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Metabolism Disorders
  • Calcium and Bone Health
  • Pubertal Development Issues

Altitude Children’s Foundation Limited

The ACFL was established by a group of business owners with links via the aviation industry in Melbourne. The foundation has the support of various aviation related companies across Australia with initial funding provided by the CEO of Australian Corporate Jet Centres and SKJ Aviation. Professor Margaret Zacharin an expert in the field of Adrenal disorders is acting as an expert medical advisor to the ACFL board. The foundation concept was established following meetings and discussion with the Monash and Royal Children’s Hospitals, Endocrine Specialists Worldwide and Nurses involved with the treatment of Addison’s Adrenal and other endocrine disease in children and adults.


It was established by the ACFL that the following areas are deficient and require urgent attention:

  • Research funding for current projects working on new management strategies for
    primary adrenal disorders that result in Adrenal Insufficiency, together with research
    towards a cure for autoimmune Addison’s disease.
  • Lack of adequate support and education including lack of trained personnel, and for
    families and carers tasked with supporting children, adolescents and ultimately
    adults who have Adrenal Insufficiency.
  • Psychological issues and long-term effects of on children and adults suffering from
    Adrenal disorders.
  • Alarming lack of Awareness and increased knowledge of Medical and Hospital staff
    concerning appropriate management of acute ill health in patients with Adrenal
    Insufficiency that results in prolonged and potentially dangerous waiting times for
    acute care.

The ACFL solution is to raise funds to assist in the areas above and develop support for sufferers through awareness, research and peer network assistance. The ACFL will use its profile and established links with researchers in Australia and around the world to establish a pathway to new treatment modalities for Endocrinological disorders.

Click the Video link below to learn about the inner journey of a man diagnosed with Addison's



BSB: 083-376

ACC: 13-902-6687