June 15, 2015

Asbestos update

Enrolments now open for the Asbestos-Related Disease/Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (ARD/MPM) Online Nurse Education Program

The ARD/MPM Nurse Education Program has been designed by Lung Foundation Australia to help nurses develop an understanding of best practice care for patients with ARD/MPM. The program combines online and practical education and students will be supported by a Nurse Educator throughout the process. Completion of the three month program entitles eligible participants to claim 9.5 CPD points from the Australian College of Nursing.

Enrolment closes on 26 June for the next study period starting in July – places are strictly limited so apply now before the last few spots are taken.

Expression of interest forms are available from www.lungfoundation.com.au. Contact Judy Rafferty at judyr@lungfoundation.com.au for further details.


Asbestos/Mesothelioma Workshops

Lung Foundation Australia and the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) are hosting a series of free workshops for health professionals including GPs, nurses and allied health about asbestos risks and caring for those diagnosed with an asbestos related-lung disease.

Please visit our events website page or phone our Information and Support Centre 1800 654 301 for more information and to find an event near you.


The role of health care professionals in documenting asbestos related mesothelioma

Article supplied by Australian Mesothelioma Registry (Cancer Institute NSW) 

With the expected incidence of mesothelioma in Australia yet to peak, the role of health care professionals in helping collect valuable information from newly diagnosed patients is vital. Mesothelioma has been linked to both occupational and non-occupational exposure to asbestos and up until the 1980’s Australia was one of the world’s highest users of asbestos per capita. Currently Australia has one of the highest incidence rates of malignant mesothelioma in the world.

The Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR), a national database funded by Safe Work Australia and Comcare and managed by the Cancer Institute NSW, collects information to assist the research and prevention of mesothelioma in the future. This includes information on all people diagnosed since 1 July 2010 and historic residential and occupational data from consenting mesothelioma patients.  The information is used to:

  • Better understand the relationship between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.
  • Identify the circumstances under which groups of individuals are exposed to potentially dangerous levels of asbestos and to facilitate prevention.
  • Better understand the nature and levels of asbestos exposure that can result in mesothelioma.
  • Assist the development of policies to best deal with the asbestos still present in our environment.
  • Provide information to assist researchers in undertaking investigations with the aim of preventing mesothelioma in the future.
  • Inform the development of community education and awareness strategies

While the AMR captures all cases of mesothelioma, participation in the patient questionnaire and interview component of the program is less than 20%.

Information can only be collected from patients with the treating doctor’s consent or via patient self-notification. Doctor consent can be given by reviewing documentation from state/territory cancer registries regarding their patient’s eligibility to participate.

The AMR encourages support from doctors in educating eligible patients of the opportunity to self-notify.  Information is then collected from consenting patients via a questionnaire and telephone interview.

More information about the AMR is available at www.mesothelioma-australia.com. You may also contact the AMR via the helpline (toll-free) 1800 378 861 or email amr@cancerinstitute.org.au.

We also have several free workshops for GPs, nurses and allied health professionals about asbestos risks and caring for those diagnosed with an asbestos related-lung disease.


International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency international conference will be held from 22 – 24 November in Brisbane.

For more information, click here.