Most of us take breathing for granted. But when you breathe in hazardous dust every day, it can make a real difference to your lung health, both now and in the future. Silicosis, a type of occupational lung disease, is caused by exposure to silica dust, which is generated in workplace processes such as cutting, drilling, sawing and polishing of products that contain silica. Previously a disease that was thought to be obsolete, silicosis is unfortunately on the rise in Australia, particularly among those working with artificial stone kitchen and bathroom benchtops.
During National Safe Work Month, we want to shine a light on this highly preventable disease and teach you how to protect you and your mates’ lung health at work. Join us to learn more about silicosis and what you can do to prevent this and live as well as possible with this disease if you do have it. A live question-and-answer session will be available for you to put questions to our expert speaker A/Prof Deborah Yates.
Speaker: A/Prof Deborah Yates
A/Prof Deborah Yates is a Senior Staff Specialist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and has longstanding experience in a broad spectrum of occupational lung diseases including coal workers pneumoconiosis, silicosis, asbestos-related disorders and occupational asthma. She is a practising lung physician takes care of many patients with a wide variety of different lung diseases. She has seen many workers badly affected by occupational lung diseases recently and is working actively to prevent these from occurring in Australia. She is involved in many research projects and publishes regularly in the fields of respiratory medicine and occupational lung disease. She continues an active clinical practice and advocates for optimal prevention, diagnosis and treatment of occupational lung diseases in Australia by working with many different organisations. She is also the Chair of Lung Foundation Australia’ Occupational Lung Disease Expert Working Group.
Date: Thursday, 14 October
Time: 2.00pm (NSW, TAS, VIC), 1.00pm (QLD), 1.30pm (SA), 11.00am (WA), 12.30pm (NT)