#asbestosawareness #donation – ACV/GARDS would like to thank very much the crews (gals and guys) from Delta Demolition and the CFMEU – Hazelwood Power station – Hazelwood Mine and EBAC for the wonderful monetary donation they made to us a few days ago. We really appreciate the support in helping us with our asbestos sufferers and their families and also the awareness we do in the community – we wish everyone a great Xmas and Happy New Year on all the working sites in the Latrobe Valley. Pictured here are reps from both companies who came to give us this wonderful donation There were two other reps in our office as well as the two in the photo
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
Over the past months during COVID restrictions ACV/GARDS has been conducting virtual Asbestos & Silica Awareness sessions to as many TAFE apprentices that we could. We are very proud to say that there are apprentice Carpenters at Chisholm TAFE Frankston and Dandenong that have been a part of these sessions.
We also have been able to have a session before COVID and during COVID to Painting and Decorating apprentices at TAFE Gippsland Newborough campus and The Gordon at Geelong.
All have been very successful. We thank those trade teachers who managed to be able to gather their apprentices on a virtual hook up to be a part of this very valuable session.
It is a credit to the trade teachers and their apprentices for learning in this manner and we wish them every success in their chosen professions – here are some pics of some of those sessions below – we will be putting in an article to the ACV/GARDS Asbestos & Silica November newsletter – soon to be available
28th Oct 2020 – Today our org did a virtual asbestos and silica awareness session to 11 apprentice Painting & Decorating students at Geelong TAFE. We would like to thank Paul Webb their trade teacher for going above and beyond in making this happen. We were pleased to get feed back that the session was really valuable. It was also great to get calls after the session asking questions – we wish the apprentices all the best in their future trade – now more apprentices are asbestos and silica aware
27th Oct – Our asbestos and silica support group met virtually – as we have been doing for a number of months since COVID restrictions commenced – much chatter and catching up was had by all. We were very lucky to have a great speaker – Kate Carmichael – Program Manager of the Latrobe Valley Asbestos Task Force came along and gave a presentation on what has happened since the task force was formed and where to from here – The support group members enjoyed the talk and learnt a lot about what is happening in the asbestos arena in Latrobe Valley – they were impressed to hear about all the great partnerships that have been formed to combat asbestos in our community – our members come from far and wide with some hooking in from Sale/Heyfield and Berwick way – all in all a really great session – see pic taken of some of those on the zoom meeting
We are pleased to launch two new booklets with information about Asbestos and Silicosis exposure and support.
The booklets cover information about what Asbestos exposure and Silicosis are, treatments available, questions to ask your doctor, general legal questions you may have, and a directory of support organisations.