Research Advisory Committee and Framework

 

In line with Section 8(f) of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency supports research related to asbestos risks in Australia through coordination, monitoring, promoting and commissioning research about asbestos safety. This supports the agency’s role to coordinate the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness, which includes a research strategy.

To assist the agency to achieve the aims of the research strategy, it established a Research Advisory Committee to provide advice on research priority areas including:

  • best ways to achieve value for money by reviewing current and future research projects
  • supporting the agency to bring together researchers to achieve a common goal
  • endorsement of the agency’s research plan
  • best practice approaches to research methodology to answer priority research questions
  • feedback on research-focussed projects.

The inaugural meeting of the Research Advisory Committee was held on 25 June 2015. The committee has overseen the development of the Research Framework and meets at least three times per year to provide advice to the agency. The membership of this committee is broad and includes experts in asbestos, public health, workplace health and safety, and evaluation.

Members are appointed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency under section 24 of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013. The members are:

Ms Tanya Segelov

Chair, Research Advisory Committee and Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council member

Prof Tim Driscoll

University of Sydney

Dr Deb Vallance

Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union

Dr Peta Odgers

Department of Employment

Ms Carolyn Davis

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

Research Framework

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Research Framework (PDF 1.24Mb)

The research framework outlines how the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency supports research related to asbestos risks in Australia through coordination, monitoring, promoting and commissioning research about asbestos safety in line with Section 8(f) of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013. This supports the agency’s role to coordinate the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness, which includes a research strategy and the ultimate aim to eliminate asbestos-related disease in Australia.

The research framework supports a targeted approach to research and is overseen by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Research Advisory Committee. The framework identifies priority research areas and activities to monitor and promote.

The research framework targets asbestos and asbestos-related disease research activities to:

  • Identify the risks
  • Assess risks for action
  • Evaluate the impact
  • Disseminate and review

in order to prevent asbestos exposure and eliminate asbestos-related disease in Australia.

With advice from the Research Advisory Committee, the agency will:

  • Monitor and promote the priority research areas with Australian researchers and proactively review international literature to maintain a register of key research to reduce sources of asbestos-related risk in Australia
  • Maintain a webpage to promote current Australian research projects
  • Monitor and promote medical research and trials in Australia that relate to the treatment of asbestos related disease.

The research framework is illustrated with focus areas, with a priority aim and key questions we are looking to answer.

Focus

Priority

Questions

Identify the risks

To identify the current and future sources of risks posed by asbestos in Australia

  • Where are the current and future asbestos exposure risks in Australia?
  • What is the estimated amount of ACM in key areas?
  • What areas should be given priority?

Assess risks for action

To assess options to minimise and eliminate risks posed by asbestos

  • What are the different ways of managing and eliminating asbestos risks?
  • What are the implications of different approaches for remediation and removal approaches?

Evaluate the impact

The economic and social impact of asbestos in Australia

  • What are the most effective ways of managing and eliminating asbestos risks and why?
  • What is the economic impact of asbestos in Australia, including:
    • the costs to manage asbestos containing material?
    • the projected costs of asbestos-related disease?
    • the secondary costs and loss of productivity associated with asbestos-related disease?

Disseminate and review

To monitor, promote and share asbestos knowledge across Australia

  • What existing information is available?
  • What research is being undertaken?
  • What are the emerging issues?

 

If you have feedback on the research framework, please provide your comments to the agency at secretariat@asbestossafety.gov.au