Cancer Council Australia
As Australia’s peak national non-government cancer control1 organisation, Cancer Council Australia advises the Australian Government and other bodies on practices and policies to help prevent, detect and treat cancer. We also advocate for the rights of cancer patients for best treatment and supportive care.
Minimise the threat of cancer to Australians, through successful prevention, best treatment and support.
Lead a cohesive approach to reduce the impact of cancer.
Cancer Council Australia works with its members the eight state and territory cancer organisations to:
- undertake and fund cancer research
- prevent and control cancer
- provide information and support for people affected by cancer.
Cancer Council Australia was formerly called the Australian Cancer Society.
Get to know Asbestos – The 20 Point Asbestos Safety Check
Full Story available at: http://asbestosawareness.com.au/dangers-of-asbestos-nsw/safety-facts-nsw/?runonce=1
More than 50 building sites across the nation are suspected of illegal asbestos contamination from China, in a problem described as the “tip of the iceberg”.
Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency CEO Peter Tighe said he was aware of 64 sites where asbestos-tainted concrete fibre sheeting has been used in construction.
State workplace safety authorities are monitoring 17 sites in New South Wales, 13 in Queensland, 11 in South Australia and eight in Victoria.
By Angelique Donnellan
FULL STORY: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-14/australian-building-sites-contaminated-with-chinese-asbestos/7166674
Asbestos fibres were used widely in building materials before the mid-1980s. If your house was built or renovated before the mid-1980s, it is likely to contain asbestos cement building materials.
You may be surprised at the various types of products that were made from bonded asbestos cement included fibro sheeting (flat and corrugated), water drainage and flue pipes, roofing shingles and guttering – even the backing of vinyl sheet floor coverings.
Unless you take the required safety precautions and follow regulations, Don’t cut it! Don’t drill it! Don’t drop it! Don’t sand it! Don’t saw it! Don’t scrape it! Don’t scrub it! Don’t dismantle it! Don’t tip it! Don’t waterblast it! Don’t demolish it! And whatever you do… Don’t dump it!
Further Website Info: http://asbestosawareness.com.au/asbestos-in-the-home/
Title: Don’t Play Renovation Roulette.
Home Page: http://asbestosawareness.com.au
Home renovators and owner-builders
The removal of asbestos containing materials from homes and workplaces has different obligations under different laws. The removal should only be done with specific care to avoid the release of asbestos fibres into the air.
Home renovators and owner-builders must hold a certificate obtained under arrangements approved or established by Queensland Health to remove more than 10 square metres of non-friable (also known as bonded) asbestos materials.
When it comes to asbestos removal and renovation, there are a number of prohibited activities ( http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/manage/prohibited-activities.htm ) because of the potential to expose self, clients, family or neighbours with asbestos fibres.
Home renovators and owner-builders must comply with public health laws when removing non-friable asbestos-containing materials.
If the renovation involves the removal of non-friable asbestos containing materials, extreme care must be undertaken during the process.
Full Article: http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/manage/removal.htm
The Asbestos Diseases Society
of Australia Inc.
The Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia (Inc) (the Society) is a caring, non-profit, charitable organisation which was founded in 1979 to pursue the following broad objectives:
- Providing counselling and support services to those who develop asbestos-related diseases and their families
- Providing economic assistance to those who suffer financial hardship or social disadvantage as a result of contracting asbestos-related illness
- Political Lobbying and advocacy in asbestos-related matters
- Fundraising for medical research and support services for asbestos diseases victims and their families
- Raising community awareness of the dangers associated with asbestos in the community, and providing information thereon as requested
There is not yet an absolute cure for mesothelioma, but significant progress toward that goal is allowing patients to live longer and enjoy healthier lives, providing reasons for hope where once there were none.
Although funding for mesothelioma research is not in the ballpark of that of some other cancers, more researchers and disease specialists believe that finding a cure is not an unrealistic dream anymore. Alternative treatment options like immunotherapy and gene therapy, along with promising clinical trials, better drugs and a multimodal approach, dramatically changed the perception of a mesothelioma diagnosis within the past generation.
“Cure Meso” it’s more than a slogan on a T-shirt; Cure Meso is a reachable goal. Closer to a cure is a reality.
Author:- Karen Selby
FULL ARTICLE:- http://www.asbestos.com/treatment/mesothelioma-cure.php