About The House has been a proud member of the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA) for nearly 10 years. In that time, we have become firm advocates of safer building practices and asbestos removal on the Central Coast.
With the launch of our new shopfront office at Kariong, About The House has combined forces with the ADFA and opened the first asbestos sample drop-off service in the area. The service makes it fast, safe, and cheap for tradies and renovators to test for asbestos – contributing to safer work practices and a healthier community. Our new premises at Kariong will now also operate as an official information centre of the ADFA, allowing them to expand their activities throughout the Central Coast.
With that in mind, we thought it would be a good opportunity to introduce ADFA to our customers and partners on the Central Coast and explain what services and resources they offer.
Support Groups for those affected by asbestos-related illnesses
The ADFA runs several support groups throughout the Central Coast. Support groups can help to reduce feelings of isolation and fear when dealing with an asbestos-related illness and provide access to current medical research and information about treatments.
Phone counselling services for those affected by asbestos-related illnesses
Asbestos-related illness can have a detrimental effect on mental health as well. If you are struggling, ADFA run a 24-hour counselling helpline. Get in touch on 1800 006 196.
Help and information for carers
The best treatment is ‘Care at Home’ for patients suffering from asbestos-related diseases. These can include dietary changes, drug and oxygen therapy, physiotherapy, daily physical activity. A carer’s job is one of the hardest in the world, but there are resources out there to provide support, information and lighten the load where possible. ADFA offers advice and support for carers and connects carers with additional support throughout the region. These can include Carer Resource Centres and Community Carers Respite Centres.
The ADFA newsletter
The ADFA newsletter is a wealth of information for victims of asbestos-related illnesses, their carers, families, and the community as a whole.
Community Events and Awareness Drives
Events like Asbestos Awareness Day works to promote awareness of the danger of asbestos and the health of the wider community. It happens each year in November.
We take our role as community members and advocates for safer building practices and site very seriously. That’s why we’re so proud to partner with one of the most active advocates for victims of asbestos and safer asbestos removal on the Central Coast. If you’re local to the Central Coast and are concerned about your home and its materials, get in touch for advice on how to safely manage the issue.