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Occupational Lung Disease Social Worker


When you are diagnosed with an occupational lung condition, the impacts on your life and that of your loved ones is significant. You may face uncertainty, and experience a range of emotions including fear, sadness anxiety anger and frustration. At time these feelings may overwhelm you and you may be unsure of what options are available to support you. However, there are resources and services that can help to support you to live well.

Our Occupational Lung Disease Social Work program is a free telephone-based service for people living with an occupational lung disease, and their family and carers. Through the service, our social worker can help you or your loved one to navigate the practical and emotional impacts of living with an occupational lung disease. There are many types of occupational lung diseases including, but not limited to, silicosis, asbestosis, coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, occupational Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and mesothelioma. How each condition is diagnosed and managed and the impact it has on your day-to-day life varies.

We aim to empower you and arm you with information, support and referral pathways to help you live well with your condition. To arrange a free telephone appointment, please contact the Information and Support Centre on free call 1800 654 301 (option 3) or complete the form.

Explore our Occupational Lung Disease section to know more about the diagnosis and management of these diseases.