The Australian Government is providing $3 million for training to health professionals to better support workers affected by silicosis and other occupational dust diseases.
The Prioritising Improved Care for People with Dust-Related Diseases grant program will improve the medical approach to silicosis, build the capability of doctors, radiologists, and multi-disciplinary teams, enhancing their expertise, diagnostic accuracy and knowledge of treatment options.
From today, grant applications are sought for proposals to develop:
- online training to support GPs and other doctors to use National Guidance material
- targeted education and training for health professionals who support people affected by occupational respiratory diseases
- radiologists and other health professionals to build their skills in chest imaging
- training materials for multi-disciplinary teams to support diagnosis and treatment, develop a national community spirometry program, and review and update National Guidance.
These grants are part of the Albanese Labor Government’s national approach to the prevention, early identification, control, and management of dust diseases.
The Government is also creating a National Occupational Respiratory Disease Registry to help detect new and emerging health threats, and support research, intervention and prevention strategies.
Funding will be provided through an open, competitive grant opportunity published here. Applications close Friday 8 September 2023. Grant activities will commence this year.
Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ged Kearney MP
“Our healthcare workforce is highly skilled and capable. These grants will better support medical professionals by providing training and building their skills in earlier diagnosis and management of dust disease.
“Silicosis is an incurable illness and can have a devastating impact on our workers and their families. We are making these critical investments to ensure appropriate treatments and care are available once a diagnosis is made, at a time when people need it the most.
“I encourage all health and medical peak bodies, medical colleges and other health organisations to apply for a grant and make an important contribution to better outcomes for Australian patients and their families.”