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.
Founded in 1979, 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. Our services include:
- providing counselling and support services for sufferers their families, in the management of the asbestos-related diseases
- providing economic assistance to those who suffer financial hardship or social disadvantage as a result of contracting asbestos-related illness
- providing medico-legal counselling and assistance with Workers’ Compensation and Common Law damages claims
- fundraising for lifesaving medical research, to find a cure for malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer
- raising awareness of the dangers associated with asbestos in the community and providing information on safety measures
- promoting research into early diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related diseases
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. The Advisory Service provides:
- 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.
HOW TO SUPPORT THE ADSA
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.