ACV/GARDS crew travelled up to Bendigo on Wed 27th July & spent Thurs at Bendigo TAFE delivering asbestos awareness sessions to around 80 apprentice Plumbers, Electricians, Carpentry and Painting & Decorating. Great bunch of apprentices – we had two very productive sessions. Terrific questions and discussions in both sessions. Lots of awareness was happening. Thank you to all the TAFE trade teachers for all their support and friendship. It was good to catch up with everyone at Bendigo TAFE. Looking forward to more sessions there in the future. Making apprentices aware of asbestos in their workplaces and in the domestic scene. All in all a successful experience and trip.
Four of the ACV/GARDS committee visited Mildura on the 21st, 22nd & 23rd July to deliver an asbestos awareness session to some Mildura council officers, Pro CFA fire fighters and unionists. It was a full on session 3+ hours and many questions were asked. I want to thank Darren Carman for coming along from Mairin OHS&E consulting to help with the presentation. We believe that those who attended got a lot out of the session and could not believe what asbestos products were out in the community and coming into our country as imports. Thank you to all who attended it was a great day and we enjoyed meeting everyone of those who came and participated. Big thank you to the Sunraysia Trades and Labour Council – Joint Secretaries – Mick Chopping and Arthur Edge for making us feel very welcome. Thanks also to Arthur for showing us his fantastic cactus garden – just magnificent – a real labour of love. ACV/GARDS hopes to get back to Mildura sometime soon for more awareness sessions.
The ACV/GARDS crew travelled to Geelong on the 12th July for an overnight visit. We conducted an asbestos awareness tute to apprentices at The Gordon TAFE East Geelong on the 13th July. What a great bunch the 3rd year apprentice Painting and Decorating class was, along with their Trade teachers Alf and Dean, who also joined in on the session.
There was much discussion around asbestos in all its forms and the apprentices and the trade teachers said they learned so much. That is what it is all about – making people aware and we certainly did the job that was asked of us.
Thank you for the wonderful greeting we got and for being such a great class. We enjoyed meeting all of them and being able to have the opportunity to have those conversations about all things asbestos.
Wednesday 6th July 2016 the ACV/GARDS team travelled to Chisholm TAFE at Berwick to deliver an asbestos awareness session to some very enthusiastic apprentice plumbers and their trade teachers. It was a very productive morning session and the apprentices had many questions to ask. The ACV/GARDS team want to thank all the apprentices and the teaching staff for jumping in and making the session such a success. It was really great to meet another bunch of apprentices from Chisholm who now have a greater knowledge of asbestos than they did before they entered the room. Go well and stay safe!
On the 28th June 2016 some of the ACV/GARDS support group members went on an excursion by chartered bus to Darnum Musical Village – what a wonderful day & terrific experience. Our members enjoyed a very interesting tour of all the musical instruments collected by Albert Fox on his travels over the years. Some of the musical instruments dated back nearly 300 years – what a collection. It was even more impressive to know they were still in working order and hearing them played was just fantastic. I wonder if our ipods will still be working in 300 years? To top off this great day out we were treated to a lovely home made lunch and musical interlude by the staff at the village – just a magnificent day enjoyed by all.
Today we traveled to Chisholm TAFE at Berwick to conduct an asbestos awareness session with 40+ apprentice Plumbers & Electricians – it was a great session and the apprentices asked terrific questions. Well done to you all – it was such a pleasure to chat with you about everything asbestos! Thanks to Chisholm TAFE and students for making myself and the team welcome. It was also great to have Liam O’Dwyer along – always good to see him : ) – A big thank you to the Plumbing Dept at Chisholm – and lecturer Trevor Watson, for all your help and support, it is always good to catch up. We always look forward to meeting new apprentices – the enthusiasm in the group was just terrific today. We hope they will all go away with a greater understanding of the dangers of asbestos and where it lurks in their work places and in their homes, that way they can keep themselves safe and others.
Our wonderful President Dorothy Roberts and Vice President Marie Smith have hit our local papers with their story of their Life Memberships and community activism awards. It is great to see these two lovely ladies being recognised in our community for all the unsung work they have done over the years. Please take the time to look at the article produced by the LV Express – truly a lovely tribute for two special ladies.
On the 12th of April the ACV/GARDS team and Dr John Scarlett, medical oncologist engaged 1st year medical students at Monash University Gippsland campus in a session on asbestos awareness. The aim of the ACV/GARDS group panel discussion was to enlighten the students to the medical, social, emotional and environmental issues around asbestos, talking about the disease and how it affects the sufferer and the family.
Highlighting the social impact this has on the family and the community, along with the emotional issues that come with a diagnosis of eg. mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis. How this is still impacting on communities today with exposure still happening, imports containing asbestos coming into Australia in crayons, building products, household products, flooring, panelling, brakes, gaskets and much more.
The ACV/GARDS panel was able to have one on one with the students and the panel was able to talk about their medical journeys and the medical system and how this affected their lives and well being. Dr John Scarlett spoke about the medico side and treatments and what drugs are available.
The students asked many thought provoking questions. It was a highly charged session with confronting issues faced by not just the panel but the students too.
ACV/GARDS panel were honoured and privileged to be able to have this talk with the students. To finish off a very intense morning the students and the panel had an enjoyable morning tea after the session where more questions were asked by the students over a cuppa and sandwich.