What is the Silicosis Support Network?
The Silicosis Support Network was established in response to the emerging trend of new cases of silicosis, a preventable occupational lung disease occurring as a result of exposure to silica dust. This can occur in various industries, with currently the most prevalent cases occurring in workers in the engineered stone bench-top industry.
Benefits of the Network
Sometimes it can be an overwhelming experience to know who to turn to when you have been diagnosed with an unexpected illness. The Silicosis Support Network is committed to supporting its members who have been impacted by silicosis to access a range of information from medical specialists, lawyers and allied health care professionals. In conjunction with these services members also have access to the Network’s own Social Worker who can provide individualised social care programs. Support Groups are also facilitated for members to share experiences, enjoy the support and company of others, make connections with those who may be facing similar challenges and provide much needed emotional support.
What is Crystalline Silica?
Crystalline silica (silica) is found in sand, stone, concrete and mortar. It is also used to make a variety of products including composite stone used to fabricate kitchen and bathroom benchtops, bricks, tiles and some plastics. When workers cut, crush, drill, polish, saw or grind products that contain silica, dust particles are generated that are small enough to lodge deep in the lungs and cause illness or disease including silicosis.
What is a volunteer Silicosis Mentor?
A Silicosis Mentor is someone who will take on an advisory and partnership role providing a client, carer and community perspective to the Silicosis Support Network. The aim is to ensure person-centred and lived experience-informed decision-making, service planning and improvements. It is important that we begin as we intend to proceed, in partnership with you. This is the best way to align support with people affected by silicosis, their families and their work mates.