Grant to help asbestos-disease sufferers

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Grant to help asbestos-disease sufferers

September 14, 2010 – 10:34AM


The state government is providing a cash grant to support Queenslanders with asbestos-related diseases.

Premier Anna Bligh announced $533,000 would go to the not-for-profit Queensland Asbestos Related Disease Support Society over three years.

The society will use the funds to employ a full-time social worker and two support workers to help people suffering from diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma.

“This society helps its members feel less socially isolated,” Ms Bligh told parliament.

“(It) offers emotional support as members deal with common issues like ensuring a future for their wives, their husbands and children, while they battle with conditions which are both life-limiting and terminal.”

She said asbestosis and mesothelioma were on the rise across the nation and asbestos-related diseases were not expected to peak until 2020.

The incidence of mesothelioma in Queensland has almost tripled in the past two decades, she said.

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