If you have time to assist us on a voluntary basis, we will welcome your skills, expertise, and companionship. Please tell us in an email how much time you can spare, when, and what tasks might interest you (eg researching, editing, writing, checking references and website links, answering the phone, mystery shopping, website maintenance, organising meetings etc).
There has been minimal truth-telling about the asbestos crisis in Australia and the voices of those most impacted have barely been heard in public forums, including:
We want to hear and promote the voices of people suffering from asbestos-related diseases, those who have died from asbestos-related diseases, and the many others impacted by these diseases. Our aim in doing so is to make a difference for others that may die or suffer in the future because they are unknowingly and innocently exposed to legacy asbestos in Australia.
To achieve this objective, we will facilitate pages on our website to allow you (or a proxy) to provide individualised warnings to the community and or a memorial and or say something else publicly.
You can write your own warning or memorial in two to three paragraphs, or you can record the warning or memorial and send us the video. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone or email, and we can write or record the warning or memorial on your behalf as you talk to us by phone or via a video format, such as zoom or skype. internet.
We may need to edit your submissions for legal and other reasons, but we will not publish your contribution until you tell us in writing that you are comfortable for us to do so.
Please note that there is a formal process of consent to enable us to publish your messages. We can explain or help you with this.
If you know someone who died from an asbestos-related disease, we encourage you to write a short memorial. You may wish to include something about the person’s exposure, their occupation, their treatment, and something about the person’s life story.
If you are a sufferer of an asbestos-related disease OR a carer of someone with an asbestos-related disease OR you know someone that is suffering from an asbestos-related disease, we encourage you to do one of the following:
‘If I had had any awareness that my life was potentially at risk from doing home renovations, I would have sought professional assistance, or I would not have proceeded. But even though I was well educated, I had no idea about asbestos risks.
I thought I was being prudent by seeking a building inspection and by doing regular white ant inspections. I was somehow aware of these risks. Yet nobody told me about the greatest risk of all – exposure to deadly asbestos. Given the history of asbestos and the knowledge about asbestos-related diseases by the 1960s, this is shameful.’
If there is something you wish to say to the community about asbestos matters, feel free to do so either in written or video form.
We want to encourage robust public debate on key asbestos issues. To achieve this aim, we welcome respectful and constructive feedback from you on anything discussed on our website or other matters that you think should be highlighted.
If your feedback or arguments are helpful in progressing a debate, we may ask your permission to include it on the website.
Donations to Asbestos Awareness Australia are tax deductible (with endorsement from the Australian Taxation Office as a deductible gift recipient). All money received from the public will be spent entirely on specific projects that satisfy our charitable purposes, such as targeted asbestos awareness programs or specific research projects. The administrative costs of the company will be kept low and will be paid from other sources.
To donate to Asbestos Awareness Australia, we have set up a PAYID which allows you to transfer funds from any Australian bank account via internet banking to our email address: AsbestosAwareness@mail.com.
Payments using PAYID are highly secure, do not incur charges, and immediate confirmation of the destination of the payment is provided. For more information on PAYID, see https://payid.com.au/