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 affected community.
Bernie’s legacy of advocating for asbestos disease sufferers and their loved ones continues……
THE BERNIE BANTON FOUNDATION
How it has continued………. After Bernie’s death, his widow 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 or occupational dust related disease diagnosis presents; to enable people to have informed choice about specialist asbestos and occupational dust related disease litigators and medical professionals; to prevent people being exposed to asbestos and other harmful occupational type dusts by creating awareness of the danger they present; and to advocate for, and to be:
‘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.’
We advocate on behalf of sufferers of asbestos or occupational dust related diseases, their carers, their loved ones, and allied health and care providers. We particularly advocate on Supportive Care Option issues such as; medical and legal referral; hospitals and cancer centres; clinical trials; 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 subsidising treatment drugs, funding for research and supportive care options. Within Australia we work with like-minded stakeholders to advocate in unity to further advances regarding these issues.
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
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.