Action on National Dust Disease Taskforce interim advice

The Australian Government is acting to accept all five recommendations from the interim advice of the National Dust Disease Taskforce.

The Morrison Government is acting to accept all five recommendations from the interim advice of the National Dust Disease Taskforce.

There is an emerging trend of new cases of accelerated silicosis, a preventable occupational lung disease occurring in workers as a result of exposure to silica dust, in parts of Australia.

This can occur in various industries, with recent cases related to the manufacture and installation of artificial stone bench tops, largely throughout Queensland.

At present, there is no known treatment to stop the progression of the disease.

Some workers may eventually need a lung transplant.

That is why the Morrison Government established the National Dust Disease Taskforce on 26 July 2019 following an election commitment to do so.

Read more on this story at: https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/action-on-national-dust-disease-taskforce-interim-advice

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