1 QARDSS ASBESTOS AWARENESS SEMINAR - NOOSA
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.
· What is asbestos?
· Asbestos products.
· Asbestos related diseases - asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestos pleural disease.
· Incidence of asbestos related disease in
· 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
· Update on the James Hardie funding situation.
· When is compensation available?
· Compensation for people exposed to asbestos in
· 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
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
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
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
q Milton Clarke House - the house is owned and operated by QARDSS. People who live outside the
q Regional Representatives throughout
q Convenes five General Meetings per year in
q Convenes five Management Committee Meetings per year in
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
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 (www.asbestos-disease.com.au);
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.
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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