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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.
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