September 12, 2014

New workshops raise the roof on asbestos-dangers

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Lung Foundation Australia has partnered with the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) to bring greater awareness to health and primary care professionals and the general community about asbestos safety and asbestos-related lung diseases.

The 12 month national campaign which started in August 2014 will see the Lung Foundation Australia conduct workshops in each capital city and one regional location in each state and territory.

 

Each event will consist of a:

  • One day workshop for health professionals;
  • 90 minute session for General Practitioners (GPs) and practice nurses; and
  • One hour session for the community.

Australia has one of the world’s highest rates of malignant pleural mesothelioma[1], an asbestos-related lung disease, with numbers expected to rise between now and 2020.

This is a long-term concern for Australian health professionals as it can take 20 to 40 years for asbestos-related lung disease to develop although exposure to asbestos fibres does not always result in an asbestos-related disease.

This national program will raise awareness of potential asbestos risks and provide relevant links to available local, state and national asbestos-related resources.

Through these workshops the Lung Foundation is working to inform and educate health professionals about best practice in the diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related lung disease and quality care for those affected by asbestos-related lung disease.

These sessions will to provide practical advice as well as ensure the dangers of asbestos are not taken lightly.

Both ASEA and the Lung Foundation recognise there are already high-quality asbestos-related disease resources available in each state as well as highly motivated and effective support programs and networks.

The Australian Government has created a National Asbestos Exposure Register to record the details of members of the Australian community who think they may have been exposed to asbestos containing materials, click here.

To find out when and where these events will be held, visit the Lung Foundation Australia website’s events page.

Lung Foundation Australia also has an Asbestos-Related Disease/Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Online Nurse Education Program, click here for more information.

 

[1] Better Health Channel, http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Mesothelioma