The Foundation offers Australia wide peer-based support, information, referral and advocating services to those who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma asbestos cancer, or another asbestos related disease, and to their carers and immediate family members, as well as those bereaved, in person (face to face), over the phone, and via our social media based online support, news and information services under our Mesothelioma and Asbestos Related Support (MARSupport) Australia banner.
MARSupport is physically active throughout the Australian Eastern Seaboard and has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the like-minded Reflections Through Reality Foundation, which provides peer-based support and awareness in Western Australia.
The MARSupport’s Asbestos Disease Helpline is open to the general public during the Foundation’s publicly accessible work hours (Monday – Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm), offering peer-based support and information from people who have, importantly, lived the mesothelioma asbestos cancer or other asbestos related disease (ARD) journey. For Australian and New Zealand mesothelioma or other asbestos related disease sufferers, their family members and those bereaved, the Asbestos Disease Helpline & Online Support is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
MARSupport groups are active online utilising the Facebook portal, we also maintain this comprehensive website, and social media platforms.
When a person contacts the Bernie Banton Foundation about support or information, they will be dealing with somebody who has walked the walk. No two journeys are exactly the same, but we have walked a similar path. Having walked this road makes all the difference in being able to help answer the multitude of questions a person may have, and navigate the journey ahead.
We assist sufferers of asbestos related diseases to find legal help via litigators specialising in the field of asbestos dust related diseases.
We advocate on behalf of sufferers, their loved ones and allied health and care providers on asbestos disease related Supportive Care Option issues, and also advocate local, state and Australian governments on related medical, health and wellness issues. Within Australia we work with like-minded stakeholders to advocate in unity to further advances regarding these issues. The Bernie Banton Foundation truly is:
‘The voice of reason for Australian asbestos related disease sufferers, their carers and loved ones, allied health and care providers, and to the wider community.’
MARSupport provides awareness and educational information about malignant mesothelioma asbestos cancer and other asbestos related diseases; and educates people about, and creates awareness of, the dangers of asbestos Online, By Phone and In Person* throughout Australia by utilising its comprehensive information resources:
Online: Our comprehensive website includes tabs on: Support Services, Mesothelioma, Asbestos Related Diseases, Asbestos Awareness Information; and our Social Media Facebook and Twitter sites include: news, information & support groups and sites.
By Phone: Our peer-based Asbestos Disease Support Helpline is answered by people who have walked the asbestos disease journey.
In Person: Due to ongoing funding restraints and resultant personnel limitations, the only ‘In Person’ or ‘Face to Face’ awareness and education currently undertaken or considered is that related to MARSupport core services. *Unfortunately, ‘In Person‘ asbestos awareness and education is no longer able to be undertaken.
The breath beneath your wings®
If you, or a loved one has been diagnosed
with MESOTHELIOMA ASBESTOS CANCER or another 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.
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.