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The Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia

The Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia (ADSA) is Australia’s leading health association assisting persons affected by mesothelioma – asbestosis – silicosis – lung cancer. The ADSA is a caring, non-profit, charitable organisation that aims to the alleviate suffering, anxiety and financial stress experienced by asbestos sufferers and their families. It was founded to assist dying workers and their families in their fight for recognition of their asbestos caused diseases, justice and a cure.

Since 1979, the ADSA has been helping thousands of Australians and their loved ones access independent advice and assistance for asbestos-related issues. Its main services include:

  • Health Monitoring (including screenings and breathing tests)
  • Advisory Services (including medico-legal counselling)
  • Support Groups & Services (including counselling and disease management)
  • Pastoral Care
  • Indigenous Health Support
  • Asbestos Exposure Registry

Asbestos Diseases Advisory Services

In 1984, the ADSA set up Asbestos Diseases Advisory Services (ADAS) in response to a perceived demand for independent advice and assistance in asbestos-related issues. Founders Robert and Rose Marie Vojakovic saw that asbestos diseases sufferers and their families needed ongoing support medically, socially and emotionally. This important service continues today providing:

  • assistance with screenings for asbestos-related diseases, which includes low dose CT scans and breathing tests
  • medical and legal support
  • counselling and support groups
  • industrial and environmental hygiene information

Both the ADSA and ADAS are part of an independent non-profit charitable structure. With the exception of a small annual grant from Western Australian Government, both are self funded and are not affiliated with, or supported by, any commercial or other Government bodies. Any funds in excess or operating expenses are directed towards medical research or any other urgent needs of the asbestos sufferers and their families.

All services provided by the ADSA and ADAS are absolutely free.


Public support and donations have enabled the ADSA to support sufferers, families and carers, as well as fund lifesaving programs and medical research. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

To learn more, visit GET INVOLVED or SUPPORT US.