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.
National Asbestos Awareness Week
Monday 25 November kicks off National Asbestos Awareness Week and the Asbestos Disease Support Society is calling on Australians not to be complacent about the dangers of harmful asbestos fibres.
With the theme of “Asbestos lurks in more places than you’d think”, ADSS is joining hundreds of government and non-government organisations, in encouraging Australians to be aware of where asbestos might be found.
It’s a fact of life that living in Australia means living with asbestos – Australia was one of the highest worldwide users of asbestos through history, and despite its use being banned since 2003, large amounts of asbestos are still present in many Australian homes, workplaces and the environment.
It is estimated that 4,000 Australians are dying from asbestos-related diseases every year. At the height of its use, asbestos was in over 3,000 products and many of these products are still contained in our homes and workplaces. Asbestos Awareness Week is a chance for all Australians to become aware of where in the home or workplace asbestos could be, and to make sure they know what to do to avoid becoming exposed.
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.