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Asbestos experts gather in Sydney to help tackle Australia's asbestos risks

Press release November 18, 2018 Asbestos CONFERENCE

Tackling Australia’s ongoing risk of asbestos exposure: National and global experts in asbestos gather in Sydney

Asbestos, the next national plan: 2018 Sydney conference

Date:                           Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 November

Time:                           9.00 am – 3.30 pm

Venue:                         Sheraton on the Park, Elizabeth Street, Sydney

Event program: 

Contact:                       Rebecca Nicholson – 0409 216053

                                    Elisabeth Bowdler – 0412 112374


Over 300 professionals in asbestos across the health, medical research, environment, legal, workplace and regulatory sectors will gather in Sydney on Monday 19 November and Tuesday 20 November to help progress the development of national plans to reduce Australian’s exposure to asbestos and asbestos-related disease.

Australia has the highest per capita incidence of mesothelioma in the world with an average 700 deaths each year and the rates of all forms of asbestos-related diseases is up to five times this number resulting in approximately 4,000 deaths per year.

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) is developing Australia's next five-year National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness.

ASEA CEO Justine Ross said:

“The tragic statistic of over 4,000 deaths per year from asbestos-related diseases underlines the need for governments at all levels to continue to work together to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres in order to eliminate asbestos-related diseases in this country once and for all.”