Topic: Asbestos Awareness Webinar – Think Twice About Asbestos
The webinar took place in November 2021.
Watch a recording of the webinar:
Facilitator for the event:
Vicki Hamilton (CEO Secretary Asbestos Council of Victoria | GARDS @Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS)
Vicki Hamilton OAM is the current CEO/Secretary of Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS and has been a member of ACV/GARDS since the organisation was incorporated in 2001. Vicki has conducted a support group for asbestos sufferers and their families once a month since 2002 in Gippsland and now has a group in Metro Melbourne. Both support groups are open to asbestos & silica sufferers. ACV/GARDS advocates and supports sufferers and their families right across Victoria
Jane Anderson (Latrobe Health Advocate @Latrobe Health Advocate)
Jane Anderson was appointed as the Latrobe Health Advocate by the Minister for Health in May 2018. The first-of-its-kind in Australia, the role of the Advocate is to provide independent advice to the Victorian Government on behalf of Latrobe Valley communities on system and policy issues affecting their health and wellbeing. Jane provides community-wide leadership by enabling, mediating and advocating for health improvements through health and broader system improvements and change.
Jo & Kevin Packham
Kevin and I have been together for 35 years, married for 31, and are blessed with three gorgeous children and two grandchildren, with another on the way. After being misdiagnosed as having an autoimmune disease for almost 3 years, for which medication was not alleviating the abdominal pain, Kevin finally had a laparoscopy and was diagnosed with Peritoneal Mesothelioma. His tumour count was very high but he was lucky to have a very skilled surgeon who was able to do a full cytoreduction which included Hipec, followed by 4 sessions of Chemotherapy and has now had 3 clear scans. We chose to attack this cancer from all avenues including traditional medicine, eg chemotherapy along with Alternative Therapy which involves regular Vitamin C infusions and a very organic, healthy diet, plenty of exercise, daily meditation and reduce stress as much as possible. We look forward to sharing our journey in this webinar.
asbestos exposure still has on Victorian lives and the strategies in place to reduce exposure. – ACV/GARDS – Brian Healy will be speaking in this webinar – please support this important message that we are all trying to send the community – Other speakers are Dr Tom John – Peter Mac – Medical Oncologist and researcher into thoracic cancers – Lung and Mesothelioma – Prof Tim Driscoll – Epidemiology and Occupational Medicine – Sydney University – Simone Stevenson – Executive Officer – Victorian Asbestos Eradication Agency – It will be a great session – please register at this link https://bit.ly/32kE0Hg
We invite you to register for this webinar – it is a joint webinar by the Latrobe Valley Asbestos Task Force – in which Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS Inc. are a member – Speakers for this event are: Brian Healy – ACV/GARDS member who contracted mesothelioma, Brett Heriben – Electrician – Latrobe Electrical, Vicki Hamilton OAM – CEO/Secretary Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS Inc. – come and join with us and learn about asbestos – Tuesday 24th November – 5pm – 6pm – Register online at http://www.asbestostaskforce.net
29/11 – Our Asbestos Awareness Day event was held in the Morwell Rose Garden. The event highlighted asbestos issues from many different fronts by our wonderful speakers – the tag line was. “Asbestos lurks in more places than you’d think” .
Speakers were, Maitea Lovric, Halil Ahmet, Jane Anderson, Nadine Medina and Steve Dodd. The Yallourn Madrigal Singers, Danny Boothman and Richard Harris entertained the crowd. The ecumenical service was conducted by Canon Jeff Richardson where we celebrated and recognised lives lost to this insidious carcinogen. Families of those who were suffering or those who had lost a loved one to this terrible carcinogen were shown how much those in the community cared.
Thank you so much to GTLC for providing a yummy BBQ lunch for all to enjoy!
26/11 – The inaugural asbestos awareness day event was held in the City of Melbourne Bowling Club, Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne. The event highlighted asbestos issues from all sides of the asbestos story. “Asbestos lurks in more places than you’d think” was the tag line of the day.
Speakers were, Maitea Lovric, Halil Ahmet, Dr Gerry Ayers and Nadine Medina, they were joined by the inspirational Choir of Hard Knocks. The ecumenical service was conducted by Canon Matthew Williams where we celebrated and recognised lives lost to this insidious carcinogen.
Thank you to all those who attended the event and helped to make it a memorable day. To all our sponsors we want thank them for helping us to be able to conduct this important event for the community – pictured below are some of those who attended
Please join us
You are invited to join us on 11am on Friday 29 November 2019 at our Asbestos Awareness Day event in Morwell.
Centenary Rose Gardens, Avondale Road Morwell. All are welcome.