Please note that the following sites provide information that we think will help you in trying to find out about asbestos or asbestos related diseases. To achieve a thorough understanding of these complex issues, you are encouraged to review a variety of sources.
Asbestos Exposure Register
The Australian Government has created a register to record the details of members of the community who think they may have been exposed to asbestos. The National Asbestos Exposure Register is managed by the Australian Government Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency.
If you have been exposed to asbestos it is important that you contact an asbestos lawyer with experience in asbestos litigation as soon as possible. Slater & Gordon operate a service that includes working with you, connecting to the register and asbestos-related legal and general advice.
Links to Asbestos Related Diseases Support and Advocacy Organisations
247-251 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
0490 115 435
NEW SOUTH WALES
Asbestos Diseases Support Group, Wagga Wagga and District
PO Box 8190
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Contact (1): Inge Webster
(02) 6922 3826
Contact (2): Olga Seaman
(02) 6922 5414
Asbestos Victims Association (SA) Inc. (AVA-SA)
Level 3, 60 Waymouth Street
Adelaide SA 5000
PO Box 4066
Elizabeth South SA 5112
T: (08) 8212 6008
Free Call: 1800 665 395
F: (08) 8212 7008
0418 807 834
Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation Inc. (AFTF)
Cancer Council Building
180-184 Collins Street
Hobart TAS 7000
GPO Box 1624
Hobart TAS 7001
(03) 6233 795
Asbestos Related Disease Support Society Qld Inc.
16 Campbell Street
Bowen Hills QLD 4006 or
PO Box 280 Spring Hill QLD 4004
Free Call: 1800 776 412
T: (07) 3252 7852 or (07) 3252 9787
F: (07) 3666 0335
Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc. (ADSA)
219 Main Street
Osborne Park WA 6017
PO Box 1394
Osborne Park WA 6916
T: (08) 9344 4077
Free Call: 1800 646 690
F: (08) 9345 0422
0417 175 24
Links to other useful information
Cancer Monthly is a centralized source of the survival rates and side-effects of hundreds of the latest cancer treatments, including those for asbestos related diseases.
Information about Asbestos in the Home, Safe Handling and Removal
This Victorian Government website includes useful material, including the Asbestos in the Home booklet (2003) and material about the responsibilities of local government:
Asbestos is still present in many workplaces and buildings built before the mid-1980s. Large numbers of Australian workers are still being diagnosed with asbestos related illnesses, many years after they were exposed. Many of these workers will die. On top of this, plumbers, electricians and other maintenance workers could be unwittingly working with or around asbestos every day. This OH&S website provides many resources:
This Australian website is dedicated to heightening awareness, providing practical information about asbestos, the safe handling of asbestos, as well as providing a 24-hour hotline for information in emergencies:
Cancer Council Victoria has published a patient information and support booklet, Mesothelioma: A guide for people with cancer. The content covers diagnosis, treatment options, different support options, living with advanced cancer, as well as practical information such as the financial and legal implications of the disease.
The Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) group will improve the management, monitoring and response to asbestos issues in NSW by developing coordinated prevention programs.
International sites may contain information not relevant to Australia, and should be treated as such. You should always verify any information locally, before deciding to act on it.
ibasesecretariat is an excellent site detailing developments in the international campaign to end the use and export of asbestos - including campaigns and resource material.
New Zealand-based website Fibreaware is a very personal site started and maintained by Deidre van Gerven whose husband died of pleural mesothelioma on 1 June, 1997. It contains a large amount of pertinent information relevant to people affected by an asbestos related disease. It is a living, breathing site where people from all walks of life speak about their journey.
The Mesothelioma and me website originates in the UK is set up and run by Debbie Brewer, herself a sufferer of mesothelioma. It is well worth going to for information and to blog with other sufferers and those whose lives have been affected by mesothelioma. Debbie is a great source of strength to all with whom she comes in contact.
This site pertains to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Over 12 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COPD - and about 12 million more don't yet know that they have it. This is a lung disease which makes breathing difficult. For further information on COPD: http://www.healthline.com/health/copd
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) is based in Virginia, U.S. and is a non-profit collaboration of patients and families, physicians, advocates, and researchers dedicated to eradicating the life-ending and vicious effects of mesothelioma.
MARF believes in a cure for mesothelioma. Given the human toll of suffering which the disease causes, the compassion and energy of the mesothelioma community, the moral, legal and economic aspects of asbestos, and the benefits of mesothelioma research to cancer research generally, MARF believes that the resources to accomplish this cure are available and must be mobilised.