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Australian Research Highlights Asbestos Dangers to Women

By National Operations Co-Ordinator

“The Asbestos Narratives” released on 20 March 2014 by Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia suggests that women are likely to form a significant proportion of the “third wave” of people affected by asbestos related diseases.

The report researched the social and psychological impacts of asbestos diseases. The project leader, Associate Professor Rick van der Zwan stated that, “We found through this project that there are several distinct, but related communities each facing multiple challenges.” He went on to comment that, “Women are likely to form a significant proportion of the emerging third wave of exposure to asbestos and may suffer considerable hardship as a result.” It is estimated that approximately 3,500 people in Australia die from an asbestos related condition. 

The research also led to the development of an online community targeted to help reduce the impact for the person with the asbestos related disease, their families and carers. The “Dusted Community” which is an online support group was established. Associate Professor van der Zwan stated, “What we found was that people with asbestos-related diagnosis, and their carers, were often socially isolated and looking for a way to connect with people in similar situations, regardless of their location. This was particularly important for people in regional areas, who had limited access to formal support groups.”

The research was funded by Comcare, Wave 2 Asbestos Innovation Fund, an Australian Government initiative and supported by Slater and Gordon’s Australian Asbestos Litigation team. Joanne Wade, from Slater and Gordon Asbestos Litigation team added, “This report will help raise greater awareness about the devastating impacts asbestos disease have on families and society as a whole. We see firsthand how families are affected by asbestos, which is why Slater and Gordon supports any effort that will hopefully lead to further research and one day a cure.”

According to UK's Health and Safety Executive website, deaths from Mesothelioma (Mesothelioma register 2011) was 2,291 alone without taking into account any other asbestos related disease.

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