Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS has been operating for 25 years (since 1991) to support asbestos sufferers in Gippsland and throughout Victoria. We are a not for profit organisation, endorsed as a deductible gift recipient and have Charity Tax concession, and are the largest asbestos support and advocacy group in Victoria.
- The ACV/GARDS organisation is operated by one paid worker and a band of dedicated volunteers
- ACV/GARDS offers 24/7 telephone information and support services
- Conduct two monthly meetings, both held at the ACV/GARDS Office at 41 Monash Road, Newborough
These include an afternoon support group meeting from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, where guest speakers are invited. Visit the Asbestos Support Groups page for meeting dates.
Plus an evening organisational meeting from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Click here to see meeting dates.
- ACV/GARDS volunteers make home and hospital visits to sufferers
- We run excursions by bus to places of interest for our members
- Our office is staffed Monday to Thursday from 10.00am to 4.00pmn and Fridays by appointment
- ACV/GARDS offers advocacy and support services such as counselling, personal or phone
- ACV/GARDS conducts an annual International Workers Memorial Day Service each April, an Asbestos Awareness Day event each November, and the annual Asbestos Awareness Morning tea.
- A range of medical equipment is available for Gippsland members to use at no cost, including oxygen concentrators, oxygen bottle conserving devices, carriers and wheel chairs and nebulisers
- Speakers can be arranged for Asbestos Awareness education sessions to community groups, work places, TAFE students in the plumbing, electrical, mechanical, painting and decorating, Probus, Rotary, Church groups and many other organisations throughout Victoria
- We conduct tutorials to medical students, nursing students and allied health students in Victoria
- ACV/GARDS works with various Universities such as Monash and Melbourne University on various projects such as social, health, environmental etc.
- A quarterly newsletter, information booklets and pamphlets are provided to keep members and the community up to date with asbestos news
- A library of books, videos, CDs, DVDs and manuals can be borrowed free of charge
ACV/GARDS is available to anyone whose lives have been affected by asbestos, their families and the general public.