The Asbestos Disease Support Society (ADSS) is made up of people who have an asbestos related disease, their families, friends and carers as well as unions, asbestos industry representatives and related government departments. The Society also works closely with medical and legal professionals experienced in asbestos related diseases.

ADSS is here to assist anyone who is affected by an asbestos related disease – whether directly or indirectly. ADSS is able to provide information as well as moral and emotional support to sufferers, carers, family members and friends. We are also able to provide advice and the contact information to receive the best possible medical treatment and legal advice. Those affected by asbestos disease, or their dependents, may be eligible for compensation and/or a pension.


The Asbestos Disease Support Society and Silicosis Support Network are here to help

The Asbestos Disease Support Society and Silicosis Support Network continue to operate and provide assistance to those who have an asbestos related disease or other dust related lung disease, such as silicosis.

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is increasingly impacting Australian society, particularly vulnerable will be those who have underlying medical conditions, such as an ARD or silicosis. Many will take extra precautionary measures during these unprecedented times to protect themselves and their families from exposure to the coronavirus. Unfortunately, social separation potentially translates into a form of social isolation, resulting in loneliness, anxiety or depression.

In times like this, it’s essential we support one another and show compassion to those who need it. This is a shared experience that’s stressful for everyone and without a known timeframe.

Fortunately, positive social support can improve our resilience for coping with stress, so staff at the Society/SSN (including our qualified social workers and registered nurse) are all here to provide support and other assistance throughout these uncertain times.

We are here to help through the provision of social support, information, occupational therapy, loaning of medical aids (such as portable oxygenators) and more. Additionally, there is no cost associated with this support.

Please contact the Society if assistance is required.


ADSS Morning Tea Events

Gold Coast – Friday 16 April 2021 at the Nerang RSL from 10am

Ballina – Tuesday 20 April 2021 at the Ballina RSL from 10am

Kingaroy – Wednesday 5 May 2021 at the Kingaroy RSL from 10am

Chermside – Wednesday 12 May 2021 at the Kedron Wavell Services Club from 10am. We are very fortunate to have Dr James McKeon, Thoracic Physician, who will be discussing asbestos, silica and other occupational lung diseases.

**Kindly call the Society on 1800 776 412 for further information or to RSVP to an event.**


Listen to our ambassador Trevor Gillmeister talk about the dangers of asbestos

If you are thinking of renovating, Trevor has an important message that could save your life. Trevor also talks about how ADSS can help those who are suffering from an asbestos related disease, the support and services ADSS can provide to both sufferers and their families.  Listen to it now.

Become a member

Benefits of membership include:

  • Phone and peer support for sufferers and carers
  • Regular updates on issues relating to asbestos exposure and disease
  • Occupational therapy assessment and, if needed, follow-up through our contracted occupational therapist
Join today

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