Asbestos disease awareness week events

21 November 2013
Asbestos support groups, unions, lawyers and community organisations will be involved in a range of activities next week to mark National Asbestos Disease Awareness Week, 24-30 November.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, which represents the victims of asbestos related diseases, is supporting a number of events (see below) and is also providing financial support to fund a  specialist Lung Foundation education program for mesothelioma nurses to be launched in Canberra on 28th November.   

Theodora Ahilas, the firm's national asbestos practice group leader said a new category of asbestos case was now starting to dominate - people who have been exposed in their community or homes.

"This new wave of asbestos disease is different to the past industrial exposure where workers could often identify the time and place of exposure. Given the latency period is between 30 and 50 years, and the exposure could have taken place in any number of places, at home or in the community, the path to diagnosis and identification of the point of exposure can be challenging.

"The activities this week remind us that Australia has a long history with asbestos and there are many people who may still be exposed to the deadly dust because it is so prevalent in houses, public buildings and workplaces," said Ms Ahilas.

"Every day at least two people are diagnosed with mesothelioma - the fatal asbestos-related cancer and many more are living with debilitating asbestos-related diseases.

"At events around the country people can learn about how best to manage the ongoing asbestos risks in the community and can remember those that have died.

"We also want to improve support to those who are living with asbestos-related diseases and alert people to their legal rights if they become sick after exposure to asbestos at work or in the community."




Wednesday Nov 27th

AEU forum: asbestos in schools and public buildings

AEU office, 112 Trenerry Crescent, Abbotsford


Asbestoswise and Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre seminar Asbestos and the Plumbing Industry: Challenges and History

PICAC,306 Albert Street, Brunswick


Thursday 28th

GARDS morning tea

Moe RSL, Moe


Friday 29th

GARDS Asbestos Awareness Day Ceremony

Centenary Rose Garden, Morwell


Asbestoswise Commemoration Service

The Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, Melbourne




Monday 25th

ARDSSQ Flag Raising

St Stephens Cathedral, Brisbane


Wednesday 27th

ARDSSQ Symposium

Pullman Hotel, Brisbane



Monday 25th

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency and Comcare National Asbestos Forum

Hilton Hotel, Sydney


Friday 29th

Asbestos Awareness day & vigil

Maritime Museum Darling Harbour




Thursday 28th November

Launch of Lung Foundation Australia's Mesothelioma Nurse Special Interest Group (SIG) and the graduation of the first ten Mesothelioma Nurse SIG members.

Commonwealth Club, 25 Forster Crescent, Yarralumla 2pm



Friday 29th

ADSSA Asbestos Victims Memorial Day Service

Memorial Park, Kilburn



Friday 29th

ADSA Ecumenical Memorial Service

Redemptorist Monastery, Vincent Street, North Perth

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