Asbestos Awareness Seminar

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  • Location: Noosa Council, Tewantin, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland
Asbestos Awareness Seminar   6/09/2006
At the request of the Queensland Asbestos Related Disease Support Society (QARDSS), Noosa Council will be hosting a free Asbestos Awareness Seminar on Tuesday, September 19th.
The session will be held in the Chamber meeting room on the top floor of Council's office in Pelican Street, Tewantin between 10 am and 12 noon and topics will range from  risk and treatment options to the contentious James Hardie compensation case.
QARDSS is keen to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos and the measures individuals may take to minimise risk of exposure. 
It can also assist sufferers of asbestos related diseases, and their families with :
• Advice from doctors who specialise in the treatment of such diseases, including pain control management;
• Assistance with obtaining in-home care, nursing and a carer's allowance;
• Advice regarding possible compensation entitlements.
Seminar speakers will include a QARDSS representative and one of their legal advisors.  For further information please contact QARDSS on 3834 6647.
Background information sheet from QARDSS below:


Speakers - brief background and outline of topics to be covered.

Ø                  Nick Bos, OHS Consultant

            Nick has had extensive exposure to asbestos while working in the electrical industry and a number of his former workmates have died from asbestos related diseases, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.

·               Introduction.

·               What is asbestos?

·               Asbestos products.

·               Asbestos related diseases - asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestos pleural disease.

·               Incidence of asbestos related disease in Australia.

·               People at risk.

·               Treatment options.

·               Medical research.


Ø                  Chris Smith, Society Chairperson

Chris suffers from an asbestos related disease and is one of the Society's most dedicated members and volunteers.  Chris will give an overview of the Society including:-

·               Membership to the Society

·               Support provided by the Society to victims and their family and friends

·               Fundraising undertaken by the Society into medical research


Ø                  Thady Blundell - Society Solicitor

            Thady is the QARDSS solicitor and he is a Partner with Turner Freeman Lawyers in Brisbane.  Thady specialises in asbestos litigation and has worked tirelessly to assist asbestos disease sufferers and their families in obtaining compensation. 

·               Update on the James Hardie funding situation.

·               When is compensation available?

·               Compensation for people exposed to asbestos in Queensland employment.

·               Compensation for people exposed to asbestos in other States.

·               Compensation to people exposed to asbestos products.

·               Overseas jurisdictions.

·               Registering asbestos exposure.

Who should attend?

QARDSS is mindful that the incidence of asbestos related conditions is on the increase and in Australia it is not expected to peak until 2020.  The average latency period, that is the time between exposure and the development of an asbestos related disease, is approximately 20-30 years.  This means there are many people in the community who have been exposed to asbestos and are unaware that they are at risk of developing an asbestos related disease.

In response to the growing public concern about asbestos in the community, as well as the need to raise public awareness about the health risks of asbestos exposure, QARDSS is hosting Asbestos Awareness Seminars around Queensland.  The seminars are designed to provide information and advice to people who have had past asbestos exposure, as well as members of the community who may not have been exposed to asbestos but who hold a valid concern about the dangers of asbestos, for example home renovators, parents of school children etc.  The seminar also provides an opportunity for people to learn about the services and support offered by QARDSS.

Sufferers of Asbestos Related Diseases in Noosa & Surrounding Area

QARDSS has a number of members in Noosa and surrounding areas and one of the purposes of the seminar is to raise awareness and help people identify if they are in fact suffering from an ARD - that is to say there is a possibility that there are more sufferers of ARD in the are that have not yet been identified.

2                           QARDSS CONTACT DETAILS

People seeking advice or information about asbestos are encouraged to contact the QARDSS Brisbane Information & Support Centre on 07 3834 6647.

3                           WHAT IS QARDSS (background & track record)?

History of QARDSS

The Queensland Asbestos Related Disease Support Society Incorporated ("QARDSS") was established in 1992 and has over the years grown to a current membership of over 600 people and businesses although many hundreds of QARDSS members have died since establishment.  In the period since its formation the services provided by QARDSS have improved significantly and been made available on a far larger scale to deal with the worsening problem of asbestos disease in Queensland.

QARDSS Objectives

q                   QARDSS believes that people with asbestos diseases should receive the best possible:


§                     medical attention;

§                     legal advice; and,

§                     emotional support.

q                   To provide professional and specialist assistance to those who develop diseases due to asbestos, particularly people exposed in employment, and to assist their families to cope with their illness.

q                   To carry out programmes which are designed to contribute to the elimination of poverty and the promotion of well being to disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals and their families who, as a result of contracting asbestos diseases, are suffering economic or social hardship.

q                   To support and encourage the establishment of a national register of people who have contracted asbestos diseases.

q                   To disseminate information on asbestos, the consequences of its use and measures which can be taken to prevent asbestos diseases.  This includes visiting worksites and making presentations to workers, employers and the general public about the dangers of asbestos.

q                   To encourage and support research into the treatment, prevention and cure of asbestos diseases.

QARDSS Activities and Services

The activities and services provided by QARDSS include but are not limited to:

q                   QARDSS Information and Support Centre at Brisbane Private Hospital incorporating bedside visits, telephone support and information, as well as a drop in centre for sufferers and their families.  There is also a centre in Toowoomba that is open one day per week.

q                   Milton Clarke House - the house is owned and operated by QARDSS.  People who live outside the Brisbane area who have an asbestos disease receive free accommodation at Milton Clarke House, which is located at 28 Penelope Street, Murarrie.  The accommodation is used by people from regional areas who come to Brisbane for medical diagnosis, consultation and treatment;

q                   Regional Representatives throughout Queensland providing information and support;

q                   Convenes five General Meetings per year in Brisbane;

q                   Convenes five Management Committee Meetings per year in Brisbane;

q                   Produces and distributes more than 600 newsletters five times per year to members and supporters;

q                   Organises a major Asbestos Seminar every second year;

q                   Conducts an Ecumenical Church Service in November of each year;

q                   Organises monthly social activities through the "Friends of QARDSS" social and support group gatherings on the North and South of Brisbane, and at Ipswich and the Gold Coast, offering comfort and assistance to asbestos sufferers and their families;

q                   Produces and reviews asbestos information materials including an Asbestos Brochure;

q                   Lodging of submissions to Queensland and New South Wales Government Departments - for improvements in Workers Compensation, Asbestos Regulations and Advisory Standards and the listing of new asbestos disease treatment drugs to be placed on the pharmaceutical benefits list;

q                   Provides guest speakers for union meetings (eg ETU, CEPU), worksites, service clubs (Rotary, Lions etc) and other interested organisations;

q                   Maintains the QARDSS Website (;

q                   Campaigns for more stringent asbestos control measures for workers and the general public;

q                   Campaigns for improvements to the compensation system;

q                   Campaigns for the listing of new asbestos cancer treatment drugs on the pharmaceutical benefits list.

q                   Funds asbestos research into the treatment and care of sufferers of asbestos disease, as well as the needs of their carers and families.

q                   QARDSS visits members in hospital, coordinates doctor's appointments and facilitates home services eg. Blue Care, palliative care services. 

QARDSS Funding

The services provided by QARDSS are made possible by a team of dedicated volunteers. QARDSS does not employ paid staff and is totally funded by membership subscriptions, donations and fundraising activities.  It is registered as a charitable organisation and has been granted tax exemption.  Financial donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.


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