The Bernie Banton Foundation operates two sections; the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Related Support Unit which handles all support orientated matters including asbestos exposure support and person based advocacy; and the Awareness and Education Unit which facilitates awareness, education and political advocacy.
The Foundation offers Australia wide peer-based support, information, referral and advocating services to those who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma cancer or another asbestos or dust related disease (ADRD), and to their carers and immediate family members, as well as those bereaved via our Mesothelioma and Asbestos Related Support (MARS) Unit and our social media based online support, news and information services.
The MARS Unit 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.
Our Freecall Support Helpline 1800 031 731, available Australia-wide, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week offering peer-based support and information from people who have, importantly, lived the mesothelioma or other asbestos diseases journey. We are also active online via our comprehensive website, blog and social media platforms.
Our Freecall peer-based Support Helpline 1800 031 731 is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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 disease to find legal help via specialist asbestos litigators.
We advocate on behalf of sufferers and their loved ones on asbestos and other dust disease related Supportive Care Option issues, and also advocate local, state and Australian governments on related medical, health and wellness issues. Within Australia, when time and finances permit, we work with like-minded stakeholders to advocate for better enforcement and strengthening of existing legislation regarding asbestos. Internationally, likewise when time and finances permit, 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 Bernie Banton Foundation truly is:
‘The voice of reason for Australian asbestos disease sufferers and the wider community.’
The Foundation’s Awareness and Education Unit provides awareness and education relating to asbestos disease and asbestos issues, online and in person throughout the Australian Eastern Seaboard, by utilising the resources of the Unit’s asbestos awareness division – Asbestos Awareness Australia, the Mobile Resource Centre – Stan’s Van, extensive promotional collateral and comprehensive information resources.
The unit has comprehensive information resources providing asbestos and other dust disease related and asbestos related information:
Online via: Our comprehensive website – Social media news, information & support sites – e-Newsletters.
In Person: The unit conducts symposiums, seminars and information sessions; and attends and exhibits at conferences, home shows, community events etc. with its Mobile Resource Centre – Stan’s Van; when funding permits.
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
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.