BERNIE BANTON AM – THE PUBLIC FACE
How it all began…….. In a David and Goliath battle against James Hardie Industries, Bernie Banton AM, was the public face for asbestos disease sufferers, their loved ones, and the wider community.
Bernie’s legacy of advocating for asbestos disease sufferers, their loved ones and the wider community continues……
THE BERNIE BANTON FOUNDATION
How it has continued………. After Bernie’s death, his wife Karen Banton, who had stood by his side during illness and triumph, founded the Bernie Banton Foundation to carry on his work.
The foundation is fiercely apolitical, and was founded by Karen Banton for only one reason, to uphold what Bernie Banton AM believed in; to assist people to navigate the difficult journey an asbestos disease diagnosis presents; to enable people to have informed choice about specialist asbestos litigators and medical professionals; to prevent people being exposed to asbestos by creating awareness of the danger it presents; and to advocate for, and to be:
‘The voice of reason for Australian asbestos disease sufferers, their loved ones and the wider community.’
We advocate on behalf of asbestos disease sufferers and their loved ones, particularly on Supportive Care Option issues such as; medical and legal referral; hospitals and cancer centres; clinical trials; dealing with local councils; palliative care and support networks; and liaising with the NSW Government’s, icare Dust Diseases Care. We also advocate pharmaceutical companies and governments on wider issues such as the number of treatment trials, and newly released drugs being made available to sufferers at an affordable price.
Whilst the welfare of asbestos disease sufferers and their loved ones is our primary focus, we advocate for the wider community on asbestos related issues with local councils, SafeWork, the EPA and so forth.
On a broader scale, when time and finances permit, we also work with like-minded stakeholders to advocate for better enforcement and strengthening of existing Australian legislation regarding asbestos. Internationally, we work with the Australian Government, the union movement and like-minded organisations and individuals to make the world a safer place, by advocating for a total ban on the use of asbestos and asbestos containing products and materials.
The breath beneath your wings®
If you, or a loved one has been diagnosed
with an ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASE and you would like to talk to somebody who knows what it feels like to be in similar circumstances to what you are in, whether you are a sufferer or carer, please phone the Foundation’s 24/7 Support Helpline Freecall® number: 1800 031 731
As we leave you pondering the whys and don’ts, please listen to another iconic video, written and performed to hi-lite the plight of the miners of Wittenoom, Australia’s only (now closed – 1996) ‘blue asbestos mine’, and once one of the world’s largest suppliers of ‘blue asbestos’ – the miners and their loved ones are still being diagnosed with asbestos related disease!
Note: The Bernie Banton Foundation is not accredited to provide advice. The information and/or advice provided is for assistance only. The advice of a qualified specialist should always be sought before making legal or medical decisions.