Asbestos can be found in many Australian homes … in fibro walls, corrugated roof panels, tiles, carpet underlay and as insulation (Photo: Bill Bradley)

March 25, 2019

People with asbestos-related diseases – and their carers – have been invited to attend a free morning tea which will be held at the Kingaroy RSL Club next week.

The Asbestos Disease Support Society is hosting the morning tea in conjunction with Brisbane-based Turner Freeman Lawyers.

It’s an opportunity for people who have an asbestos-related disease, their families and carers – and people who have cared for someone in the past – to get together, chat and share experiences.

There will also be information available about various asbestos diseases and the supports available.

The morning tea will be held from 10:00am to 11:00am on Thursday, April 4.

Asbestos-related diseases can range from mild lung damage to aggressive cancers such as mesothelioma.

When asbestos fibres are breathed in, they can lodge in lung tissue, causing inflammation and scarring. Serious diseases often take many years, if not decades, to develop. 

Asbestos is ubiquitous in Australian homes and workplaces.

It can be found in multiple places including flat and corrugated wall and roof sheets, gutters, ridge caps, eaves, ceilings, splashbacks, vinyl floor tiles, underlay sheeting, electrical meter boards, old ironing-board covers, heatproof mats, wood heater insulation, brake and clutch linings, filters and adhesive products, and hot-water pipe insulation.

In fact, there are more than 3000 known products that contain asbestos.

The use of asbestos in building materials in Australia stopped in the 1980s but the use of all asbestos products was not banned until 2004.

To RSVP for the morning tea, phone 1800-776-412 or email the Asbestos Disease Support Society by March 28.

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