For many, the name Bernie Banton is synonymous with the fight against mesothelioma and asbestos related diseases. Throughout the 2000s, Bernie Banton AM campaigned passionately for justice and compensation for suffers of asbestos related diseases (ARD) and in February 2007, victory was achieved in the form of an Asbestos Injury Compensation Fund – expected to amount to $4.5 billions over the subsequent 40 years.
Just 9 months later, and ten years ago today, Bernie Banton AM passed away from peritoneal mesothelioma.
In his honour, the Bernie Banton Foundation was established in 2009 to continue the fight – providing mesothelioma and asbestos related support, referral, advocacy and education to suffers, carers, family and the bereaved.
Despite increased awareness, the rise in do-it-yourself renovations has brought about a new wave of victims of ARD. Last year, an average of 5 people a day contacted the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency suspecting that they had at some point been exposed to asbestos. It is estimated that by 2030, asbestos related diseases will have killed 60,000 Australians.
Simple methods to avoid exposure to asbestos include having your home assessed if it was built before 1990 and not attempting any DIY projects until any and all asbestos has been removed by a licensed asbestos removalist.
Through the Bernie Banton Foundation, Bernie Banton AM’s legacy lives on – raising awareness, encouraging education, and reducing the number of people who are affected by asbestos related diseases.
Greencap are proud to support the foundation as National Risk Management Supporter, having sponsored the Bernie Banton Day 2017 Greencap Corporate Breakfast and continuing to provide aid to the foundation’s efforts to raise asbestos awareness and support those who have been affected by it.
People who have been recently diagnosed with an asbestos related disease or their loved ones can contact the Bernie Banton Foundation via their 24/7 Support Freecall Helpline on 1800 031 731