KNOW cancer risks at work 2015

The KNOW cancer risks at work forum was held on 18 May, 2015 at the Dockside Function Centre in Sydney, Australia. This was a national forum which highlighted the prevention and elimination of exposure risks to carcinogens in the workplace though practical application of current research and control measures in workplaces.

Forum Speakers

Professor John Cherrie (Heriot Watt University, IOM) presented as the keynote speaker at the event on Occupational cancer in Europe - working towards solutions

Other forum speakers and their topics included:

  • Terry Slevin, Director of Education & Research Cancer Council Western Australia - Occupational exposure to carcinogens in Australia: workers' compensation claims made in Australia 2000-2012
  • Prof Tim Driscoll, School of Public Health Sydney University - Constructively dealing with concerns about cancer clusters
  • Mr Peter Tighe, CEO Asbestos Safety & Eradication Agency -The Australian National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management
  • James Wunsch, Lead Researcher Colmar Brunton - Asbestos awareness research
  • Bret Baker, Beasy Pty Ltd, Asbestos Removal Contractors Association of NSW - The practicality of asbestos removal in Australia
  • Dr Neil Hime, The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research - The health impacts of particulate matter in diesel emissions
  • Alan Rogers, OH&S Pty Ltd - Exposure to diesel particulate matter(DPM) - the good news on cancer risk
  • Jennifer Hines, EHS Solutions - Diesel Particulate Management: Assessing and Controlling Diesel Exhaust in the Workplace
  • Assoc Prof Deborah Glass, Dept Epidemiology & Preventative Medicine Monash University - Australian Firefighters' Health Study (2014)
  • Nicola Quin, Head of Division, Strategy & Support Cancer Council Victoria - Firefighters' compensation and presumptive legislation
  • Claire Pullen, Fire Brigade Employees' Union of NSW - Can money stop you getting cancer?: beyond compensation in firefighter occupational disease
  • Meagan McCool, WorkSafe NSW - The WorkCover NSW Pesticides Campaign
  • Dr Renee Carey, School of Public Health Curtin University - The Lifetime risk of occupational lung cancer
  • Dr Matthew Soeberg, Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, NSW - Patterns in the incidence, mortality and survival of malignant pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, New South Wales, Australia, 1972-2009
  • Deborah Vallance, Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union - Occupational Cancer: What are the rules we are playing by and do they need reform?

Video recordings, PowerPoint presentations and transcripts from the forum are available on the Cancer Council Australia website here.


Download the forum program here.

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