Aims and values of the Society

The Society’s aims are:

  • To reduce the number of people being exposed to asbestos and future incidences of asbestos related disease in the Australian community.
  • To help those who have been affected by asbestos.
  • To help and provide support to sufferers of asbestos related disease, their carers, families and friends throughout Queensland.
  • To promote awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure especially given the large amounts of asbestos still present in our environment.
  • To address the physical, emotional and welfare needs of individuals at the time they are diagnosed with an asbestos related disease.

To achieve these, the Society:

  • provides moral and emotional support to sufferers of asbestos disease through home and hospital visits, phone support and meetings between members;
  • ensures people diagnosed with an asbestos related disease receive the best medical and legal advice;
  • has an established network of members, social workers, doctors and nurses to whom the Society can direct sufferers of asbestos disease;
  • meets and consults with government members and members of the health profession to ensure sufferers of asbestos disease receive the best possible care and treatment;
  • has regular contact with similar support organisations in Australia;
  • hosts an Ecumenical Service each year in Brisbane on National Asbestos Awareness Day to provide some comfort to members;
  • provides support to sufferers of asbestos disease, their families, friends and carers;
  • has a strong and active advocacy service with all levels of government to ensure the rights and entitlements of all asbestos disease sufferers;
  • actively pursue governments to enact legislation for the safe removal and disposal of asbestos from our community;
  • actively promotes asbestos awareness programs to all levels of the community;
  • promotes the continuation of research into early diagnosis, better treatment and ultimately, a cure for asbestos related diseases.

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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
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