The Foundation offers Australia wide peer-based support, information, referral and advocating services to those who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma cancer, or an asbestos or occupational dust 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) banner.
Whilst the Bernie Banton Foundation started off being all about asbestos, it has grown to be far more! To fill a demonstrated need, MARSupport now not only offers support to sufferers, their carers and loved ones living an asbestos related disease journey, but also to those living an occupational dust related disease journey. We may not have lived other dust disease journeys the same as we have lived asbestos related diseases (ARD) journeys……. but support is support – it is what we do! We can, and do help with all the things we do so well supporting people living the ARD journey.
MARSupport also provides asbestos exposure and awareness support – as more people become aware of the dangers of asbestos, more incidence of ‘asbestos stress’ is coming to the fore as people believe, or recognise they have been exposed.
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.
Our Support Helpline +61 418 319 757 or Freecall (Australia only) 1800 031 731 , available for Australian and new Zealanders, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week offering peer-based support and information from people who have, importantly, lived the mesothelioma, asbestos or other dust diseases journey. We are also active online with our MARSupport groups, and 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 and occupational dust related diseases to find legal help via litigators specialising in the field of asbestos and occupational dust related diseases.
We advocate on behalf of sufferers, their loved ones and allied health and care providers on asbestos and occupational dust 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 and occupational dust related disease sufferers, their carers and loved ones, allied health and care providers, and to the wider community.’
The Foundation provides awareness and education relating to asbestos and other dust diseases and related issues, online and in person throughout the Australian Eastern Seaboard, by utilising its extensive promotional collateral, and comprehensive information resources.
The Foundation provides asbestos and other dust disease related and asbestos related information:
Online Via: Our comprehensive website tabs: Support Services, Mesothelioma, Dust Diseases, Asbestos Awareness Australia, and our Social Media news, information & support sites.
By Phone: Our Freecall peer-based 24/7 Support Helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 52 weeks of the year.
In Person: The unit conducts symposiums, seminars and information sessions; and attends and exhibits at conferences, home shows, community events, etc. as finances permits.
The breath beneath your wings®
If you, or a loved one has been diagnosed
with an ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASE or an OCCUPATIONAL DUST 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.