MARSupport Australia & New Zealand DUST DISEASES SUPPORT
The Foundation’s MARSupport (Mesothelioma and Asbestos Related Support) operates across Australia (and is available to New Zealanders via our 24/7 Support Helpline and online Support Groups and information pages), offering peer-based support and information, and referral and advocating services to those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer or another asbestos related disease, and also to those diagnosed with an occupational dust related disease, and to their carers and immediate family members, as well as those bereaved.
Whilst the Bernie Banton Foundation started off being all about asbestos, it has grown to be is far more! To fill a demonstrated need, MARSupport now offer its’ support services, not only to those living an asbestos related disease journey, but also to those living an occupational dust related disease journey. We may not have lived other dust diseases 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 with supporting people living the ARD journey.
Asbestos Related Diseases include:
Asbestosis | Asbestos Related Lung Cancer | Asbestos Related Pleural Diseases (ARPD) | Asbestos Related Pleural Plaques | Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer
The most common referred to Occupational Dust Related Diseases include:
Black Lung (Coal Dust Pneumoconiosis) | Farmers’ Lung | Occupational Asthma | Silicosis
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.
The core objectives of the Foundation’s MARSupport is to:
- Facilitate and empower sufferers, their carers and loved ones, and those bereaved to move forward and live their journey without regret;
- Provide relevant and unbiased up to date information about treatments and care options;
- Honestly answer questions about what to expect from treatments and the relevant disease – based on having lived the journey as a carer and having provided support for many hundreds of people; and
- Be the voice of reason and advocate on behalf of sufferers, their carers, their loved ones, those bereaved and allied health and care providers.