On Friday, 30th April 2010 the Australian Mesothelioma Registry was launched by The Hon. Julia Gillard MP at the Bernie Banton Centre,
The Australian Mesothelioma Registry is a step in knowing where cases have occurred.
This allows for health and support services to, perhaps, be targeted but the Registry in itself does not remove the
hazard from the community and is an acknowledgement that once one has mesothelioma, there is little more than palliative
The Australian Mesothelioma Registry will receive funding of more than $460 000 per year.
This will be used to collect information on all new cases of mesothelioma and information on asbestos
exposure of patients diagnosed with mesothelioma which will be able to be used to investigate mesothelioma origins.
The Registry will collect information from consenting patients diagnosed with mesothelioma including:
- complete occupational history
- complete residential history (to ascertain whether the patient ever lived near an asbestos mine, manufacturing plant
or other potential source of environmental asbestos exposure)
- information on the types of work tasks undertaken that may have involved asbestos exposure, and
- information about possible non-occupational exposure to asbestos – for example did the patient ever live in an
asbestos clad house, renovate, build or demolish an asbestos clad house, fence, garage etc, install or remove asbestos insulation.
The Registry will be funded by Safe Work Australia, with overall management by the Cancer Institute NSW in collaboration with State and Territory cancer registries.