Regardless of where you live in Australia – we can assist you in numerous ways:
Helping you and your loved ones with information about:
Mesothelioma and other Asbestos Related Diseases
Treatments and Clinical Trials
Mesothelioma Medical Specialists
Supportive Care Options
icare Dust Diseases Care
What to do, when and how to do it
Peer-based Support and guidance as you navigate the maze of medical and care pathways from diagnosis onward.
Advocating – We advocate on the behalf of sufferers and their loved ones when dealing with the NSW Government’s icare Dust Diseases Care and other applicable jurisdictions.
Legal Help – If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease you may be eligible for compensation, a pension (or both) and/or other assistance – all states and territories differ. We can assist you in finding legal help from a specialist asbestos litigator, in all states and territories in Australia.
If you, or a loved one have been diagnosed with MESOTHELIOMA or another ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASE and you would like to talk with someone who has been in similar circumstances, (whether you are a sufferer or carer), please contact us on: Freecall® 1800 031 731 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have walked the walk, and can relate………
Rod Smith, the Bernie Banton Foundation Support Co-ordinator, pictured with his late wife Julie Bastian. Julie was diagnosed with both pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, and reproductive area (ovarian) mesothelioma in July 2008. After enduring 4 operations and 20 sessions of chemotherapy Julie passed away at home just over 3 years later with Rod and Julie’s family by her side on 6 September 2011. Rod cared for Julie for the entire journey, including nursing her full time at home for the last 8 months of her life. Rod had nearly 30 years in the construction industry operating a mobile crane and transport company, is a past President and Support Co-ordinator of the Asbestos Diseases Society of Victoria, and is a board member representing support organisations, on the NSW Government ICARE Dust Diseases Board. Apart from the unenviable life experience gained from living the mesothelioma journey with Julie, Rod now has nationally recognised qualifications in Community Services and also in Christian Ministry and Theology.
In 2010 Rod was instrumental in advocating for, and working with Council Council Victoria to produce and contribute to a world first booklet on mesothelioma entitled Mesothelioma – A guide for people living with cancer, their family and friends It was released in September 2011 shortly after Julie died, Cancer Council Victoria honoured Julie by dedicating the booklet to Julie and fellow deceased mesothelioma sufferer (and friend) Farid Moghaddis. In 2015 the Cancer Council ill-advisedly changed the 2011 Malignant Mesothelioma Guide to a Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma only booklet, totally ignoring the needs of sufferers of Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma. Rod advocated Cancer Cancer Australia to rectify this and contributed to a nationally released Peritoneal Mesothelioma Fact Sheet released in 2016. Rod also advocated for the Pleural Mesothelioma Booklet to be reverted back to a booklet covering all forms of malignant mesothelioma, and in early 2017 contributed to the revision of this booklet with it reverting back to covering all forms of Malignant Mesothelioma (due for release June 2017).
Karen Banton founder and CEO of the Bernie Banton Foundation with her late husband Bernie Banton AM. Bernie was diagnosed with asbestosis and asbestos related pleural disease in 1999 and then with peritoneal mesothelioma in August 2007. Bernie passed away at home, with Karen and family by his side, on the 27th November 2007. Karen supported and cared for Bernie throughout their nearly 9 year journey with asbestos related diseases, and with Bernie being the very public face battling James Hardie Industries in the fight for compensation for victims. All these years later Karen is still there doing what she does best, being a very much hands on CEO, supporting people and being the public face of the Bernie Banton Foundation. Karen has added to her undeniable life qualifications gained through living the asbestos related diseases journey with Bernie, and the many years since with the Bernie Banton Foundation, by attaining nationally recognised qualifications in Community Services and a Diploma in Christian Ministry and Theology.
Karen and Rod have both walked the walk, and are uniquely qualified to be:
The breath beneath your wings®
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 asbestos disease sufferers, their loved ones and the wider community.’
The Foundation relies on donations, and sponsorship from corporate friends; and donations, bequests and fundraising from the wider community to survive. We are a registered not for profit charitable organisation – therefore any donation $2.00 and over is tax deductible. Any donation, sponsorship or fundraising endeavour you, or a company, union or government body you are involved in can make to help the Foundation, is really greatly appreciated, and will assist the Foundation to continue to fulfill Bernie Banton AM beliefs.
Please take advantage of what the Foundation offers – it is why we do what we do!
The breath beneath your wings®
If you, or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, 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.