Friday, October 24, 2014

Flu gone! Life is good! Asbestos events for November 2014

Finally after 2 weeks both Keith and myself have just about shaken off our flu and coughing.  One minute we would be feeling fine, then next aches and pain all over and a feeling of being just so weak and having to lie down, have a sleep and revive again.  I hope that we have had our share of the flu for the year!  So many people have been affected by it on a global scale.

Summer is trying to peep its head around the corner with days of sunshine and warmth.  The nights are still quite cold.

In the opening plenary session of iMig 2014, Dr. Jim te Water Naudé and Dr. Steven Mutsaers welcomed close to 300 healthcare professionals to Cape Town, South Africa. It’s an impressive number of attendees for this somewhat remote but beautiful venue and given iMig’s membership of around 500 members. The assembled group comprises the finest minds in mesothelioma related research, treatment, and advocacy from around the world. It’s quickly evinced as a heavily scientific affair with a fun spirit as Dr. te Water Naudé jokingly threatens to use a vuvuzela horn on speakers who defy their time restrictions.

 On the home front there are quite a few events on for asbestos month/asbestos week in Australia.

The Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia Inc.
is a not
profit organisation working to
provide support to people living with asbestos
related diseases, family members, carers and
a is a community based group founded
by the union &
concerned citizens to meet the
needs of people affected by asbestos related
diseases and has a long history of being engaged in
advocacy work within the Australian community.
works to provide information to the community
as to the dangers of asbestos. Our aim is to reduce
the number of people exposed to asbestos and
future incidence of asbestos related disease in the
Australian community.
We support members living in metropolitan and
regional NSW. We are actively engaged in health
promotion initiatives in the provision of education to
the wider community.
Help us support
vital funding for asbestos
suffers and their families by purchasing a
Sponsorship Package.
Watch each race in comfort in
The Grand Pavilion
while enjoying a three course meal, fine wines, beer
and soft drink, with the added convenience of
betting facilities within the room.
Fantastic items will be available in the silent and live
auctions and raffle prizes and games.

Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia Inc (adfa) is hosting their annual fundraiser on 1 Nov 2014 Gala Race Day at Rosehill Gardens, Sydney in the Grand Pavilion.  Please support this very worthy fundraiser and fun day.  Further details

1st International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management 16-18 November 2014, Crown Melbourne.

16th - 18th November, 2014
Crown Melbourne,
Southbank, Victoria

"Working towards an asbestos free Australia"

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is holding the inaugural International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management 2014.
November is National Asbestos Awareness Month and the agency has organised a conference featuring well renowned international experts in asbestos management, health, advocacy and governance to challenge delegates into thinking how Australia can drive change in our region and globally when it comes to the continued manufacturing and distribution of asbestos containing materials.
The conference will start with a welcome reception on Sunday evening 16th November and will run the 2 full days Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th November 2014 with a conference dinner on the Monday evening all within the confines of the Crown hotel and conference complex on Melbourne’s Southbank.
This event will provide a stimulating and entertaining environment for delegates and stakeholders to discuss the big issues facing them in raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos in our work and domestic environment and how it can be managed into the future.
This event will also highlight the role of the agency in advocating change and the need for an independent body to deliver change on the ground, in the Australian and international community.

About the agency

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency was established on 1 July 2013 to provide a national focus on asbestos issues, which go beyond workplace safety to encompass environmental and public health issues. The independent agency will ensure asbestos issues receive the attention and focus needed to drive change across all levels of government.
Asbestos Safety & Eradication Agency 
Contact: Shane McArdle
Ph: -61 2 9246 0558
Bernie Banton Foundation - Stan's van promoting awareness and the dangers of asbestos. 
The last week of November is Asbestos Awareness Week, Australian-wide. To recognise Asbestos Awareness Week the Bernie Banton Foundation's Mobile Asbestos Education and Awareness Unit - Stan's Van will be exhibiting in Melbourne's Fed Square Swanston Street Forecourt (directly opposite the Flinders Street Station) from Tuesday the 25th to Saturday the 29th of November. We will be open from about 8.30am to 8.00pm each day. So far we have supporters from Victoria, NSW and SA coming to help man Stan's Van and promote awareness of the dangers of asbestos. We will be having the official Victorian launch of the Mobile Asbestos Education and Awareness Unit during the week, and be recognising the 7th anniversary of Bernie Banton's passing on 'Bernie Banton Day', Thursday the 27th.  A big thankyou to Fed Square for coming on board as Event Partners, helping to make the Bernie Banton Foundation Asbestos Awareness Week possible.

To find out more contact us on:
Freecall 1800 031 731
Facebook: Asbestos Education and Awareness - Stan's Van
Twitter: Stan's Van @AsbestosEducate
On Wednesday 26 October 2014 Asbestoswise will be holding their annual Commemoration Day - this year across the road at St Pauls Cathedral, Melbourne at 11am.
Due to the flu my chemotherapy regime has been postponed until next Weds 29 October providing that my immune system is stronger after the flu.

My newest little 6 week grandchild!  Still no name as yet!!


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