Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care
The Department is building a new National Occupational Respiratory Disease Registry (the Registry) to help respond to the recent re-emergence of silicosis.
Silicosis is a group of occupational lung diseases caused by breathing in silica dust. Safe work practices had reduced the prevalence of the disease; however, it has re-emerged in Australia over the last decade, particularly among stonemasons and others working with engineered stone.
The Registry will capture information on occupational respiratory diseases in Australia, including incidence and prevalence, causative exposures and respiratory health data. Respiratory and occupational physicians will be required to notify diagnoses of silicosis via the Registry, and may also provide voluntary notification of other occupational respiratory diseases to help identify emerging workplace risks.
The Registry will begin operation in late 2022. AHA has been appointed to operate the Registry on behalf of the department.
AHA’s role as the Registry operator will see us:
The Registry will help detect new and emerging threats to workers’ respiratory health, and assist in targeting and monitoring the effectiveness of interventions and prevention strategies.