It is with great sadness that we advise you of the passing of Society Secretary, Raymond Colbert. Ray had suffered from asbestosis for many years and his health had deteriorated very recently. He passed away on 21 May 2014.
Ray, with his wife Helen, had worked tirelessly on behalf of asbestos disease sufferers for many years. He can never be replaced but has left a much stronger Society than when he started as a volunteer in 2005.
Welcome to ADSS
ADSS is made up of people who have an asbestos related disease, their families, friends and carers as well as unions, asbestos industry representatives and related government departments. The Society also works closely with medical and legal professionals experienced in asbestos related diseases.
The Asbestos Disease Support Society (ADSS) is here to assist anyone who is affected by an asbestos related disease – whether directly or indirectly. ADSS is able to provide information as well as moral and emotional support to sufferers, carers, family members and friends. We are also able to provide advice and the contact information to receive the best possible medical treatment and legal advice. Those affected by asbestos disease, or their dependents, may be eligible for compensation and/or a pension.
ADSS also hosts Asbestos Information & Support Meetings – and attending these is like belonging to a family. Information and Support Meetings can reduce isolation, empower individuals and restore hope. The diagnosis of an asbestos related disease can be devastating. You may feel disbelief, confusion or fear that you are suffering alone. You are not alone. We care. ADSS Information and Support Meetings are for sufferers, carers, families and those who are left behind.
ADSS also offers phone support for those who may not be able to attend or may not wish to take part in the Asbestos Information & Support Meetings.
As a self-funded, non-profit organisation, our focus is on creating awareness and supporting the growing number of sufferers of asbestos related disease now and into the future.
Asbestos is still an issue.
Asbestos is in one out of every three homes in Queensland. It is in our schools, hospitals and workplaces. Any building built or renovated before 1989 may contain asbestos products. Asbestos may be found in fibro, lagging, brake linings, carpet underlay, tiles and adhesive – to name a small selection. There are over 5,000 products associated with asbestos. There is no ‘safe’ asbestos. Asbestos should not be removed without following the guidelines set out by the Queensland Government. You are able to obtain a copy of the guidelines by downloading the booklet issued by the Queensland Government entitled Asbestos: A home renovator’s and tradeperson’s guide for minor work in domestic buildings – a link is located on this page.
There is no safe level of exposure.
It may take between 10 to 50 years for an asbestos related illness to present itself from the time of exposure. Therefore any exposure to asbestos should be avoided.
Over 700 Australians are diagnosed with mesothelioma, an agressive cancer caused by asbestos, each year. There is no cure, at present. Many more people are diagnosed with other asbestos related diseases such as asbestosis, pleural plaques, lung cancer and other cancers.
The full effects of asbestos exposure are still unknown.
A range of videos on the history, dangers, management, health and legal issues involving asbestos can be found here (courtesy of Parsons Brinckerhoff).