fbpx

Macedon Resident Battles Asbestos Related Cancer

Macedon resident Louise Williams has asbestos related cancer. She has lived with it for 10 years. LOU Williams credits the quiet and relaxing surrounds of Barringo for defying one of the most aggressive cancers of all. The 58-year-old (pictured) has had mesothelioma, commonly known as asbestos cancer, for 10 years. The cancer, linked to the now banned building product asbestos, attacks the lungs, turning them as hard as concrete and, in doing so, crushing other organs.

Ms Williams is in a one per cent segment of mesothelioma sufferers who have warded off the disease for so long. She is in her third major round of treatment, after a relapse earlier this year sent her back into a chemotherapy program. “I’ve had symptoms for 12 years, but I was first diagnosed 10 years ago when I was given two months to live,” Ms Williams said. “In August, my oncologist put me on another round of chemotherapy after the cancer came back to my heart and other lung.”

Ms Williams moved to the Macedon Ranges from Tasmania after her diagnosis, believing if she had only a short time left, she should live somewhere beautiful. She has been a passionate advocate for sufferers, campaigning for many years alongside Bernie Banton, who challenged James Hardie over their liability. “Our big awareness push is making home renovators aware of the presence of asbestos in their homes and urging them to be wary and remove and dispose of it properly,”

Ms Williams said. “There is a national register for people to record instances of exposure and renovators need to be aware asbestos fibres can be found in old putties and other building materials that date to the 1980s.” Asbestos campaigners are now pushing for subsidies for the removal and disposal of the substance to be offered by the federal government. Ms Williams plans to accept an award for her campaigning in Washington in March.

Source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north/asbestos-campaigner-and-mesothelioma-sufferer-lou-williams-credits-barringo-with-keeping-her-alive/story-fnglenug-1226757549441

View Training Dates for Your City

Filter By

  • No scheduled courses - please call us to discuss your requirements

Latest OHS news

What Is the 10852NAT Working with Asbestos Containing Materials Course?

Work Health and Safety Regulations cover a wide range of safety training including the previously known 10559NAT course. This course is now known as 10852NAT The 10852NAT Working with Asbestos C...

Read more

10675NAT Asbestos Awareness Training Course Online?

According to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, asbestos awareness training is required for all individuals who work in fields that may involve contact with asbestos. Builders, carpenters, cabler...

Read more

Mesothelioma in Australia

The use of asbestos products in Australia came to a halt more than a decade ago, but the threat of asbestos exposure — and asbestos-related disease — continues to thrive. The danger remains real. ...

Read more

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency comments on Asbestos Training

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency released several case studies into best practice management of asbestos risk.  Two case studies describe the approach taken by Ergon Energy, who aims to b...

Read more

Testimonials

“In over 20 years of training, this was one of the best courses I’ve ever attended.”

Queensland Rail

“Great! The instructor made it interesting and enjoyable”

Leighton Contractors

” We heard that AlertForce delivers one of the best courses around so the boss decided to send me to Australia from New Zealand.”

Participant Public Course

“I liked the trainer’s positive outlook and uplifting approach towards completing the long day.”

Visionstream

“Very competent training course. Trainer was very knowledgeable on subject.”

Servicestream

“AlertForce provided an excellent trainer,  knowledgeable on the topic and allowed for active questioning.”

DHS

“Informative and concise training delivered at the right pace.”

AFMA.gov.au

“The Trainer was very engaging”

Fair Work Commission

“Interesting, informative, relevant.”

Airservices Australia

Payments & Security

Awards & Accreditations

Make an Enquiry:

Google Rating
4.5
Total Rating 4.5 out of 5 based on 506 reviews