Support Victoria

If you need support and you live in Victoria, then you can contact a number of different organisations and services that can help you.


If you are seeking information in Victoria on asbestos issues, medical and research, education/awareness sessions, support for a loved one suffering from an asbestos disease or their families then you can contact Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS at:

or on mobile number 0407274173 which is available 24/7

Melbourne Support Group

There is a Mesothelioma Peer to Peer support group held monthly in South Melbourne for people diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, their families and close friends The meetings are informal, informative and held in a supportive and understanding environment.

These meetings are facilitated by Shirley Bare, who is an experienced coordinator. Shirley also facilitates a bereaved group informally over lunch.

If you would like further information about either of these groups, then please contact Shirley on 0412537819 or by email

Cancer Council Victoria

The Cancer Council provides general and specialist support. The website is

Or you can call on 13 11 20. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm and staffed by experienced cancer nurses with oncology qualifications.


Other States

Most states in Australia have at least one asbestos support group. You can find out how to contact them by clicking on this link:

The Cancer Council also has state-based support services.