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Pre-Conference Elective Day - Sunday 10th November 2019

Pre-Familiarisation Activities (to be confirmed)

Please note that the pre-conference familiarisation activities are yet to be confirmed and further information will be made available as soon as possible.

Day 1 - Monday 11th November 2019

Arrival and registration/lunch


Welcome to Country


Facilitator welcome

Karen TighePresenter, ABC


Ministerial welcome


Opening address - Commemoration of Lives Lost

Robert Vojakovic, Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc. (ADSA)

Melita Markey, Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc. (ADSA)


Keynote Welcome

Diane Smith-Gander, Chair, Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council

Justine Ross, Chief Executive Officer, Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency


Afternoon tea and networking

2:50pm - 3:30pm

Panel: Breakthroughs in medical research

Where are we now in asbestos-related medical research? What have been the breakthroughs and what is the current new thinking?


Keynote: Public Health

What can the asbestos public health response learn from successful health campaigns of the past? What is best practice in awareness and behavioural change?

Bill Bowtell, Executive Director, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund


Day 1 wrap up


Welcome drinks

5:00pm - 5:20pm

Summer Garden Social Event

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Summer Gardens, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

An opportunity to connect with fellow delegates over food and drinks whilst taking in the spectacular atmosphere of the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre’s Summer Gardens.

Day 2 - Tuesday 12th November 2019

Arrival and registration


Facilitator welcome to day 2

Karen TighePresenter, ABC


International Keynote: The Global Asbestos Panorama: 2019

Where are we at in the global campaign to ban asbestos? What are our recent wins and ongoing challenges?

Laurie Kazan-Allen, Coordinator, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat


Keynote: The Wittenoom history, clean up and the enduring legacy. What does it teach us today?

Antoine MacmathDirector, Property and Risk Management, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

Dr Laurie Glossop, Director, Glossop Consultancy


Keynote: Comcare's Asbestos-Related Claims Model: 15 years on, what does the data show us?

Sue Weston, Chief Executive Officer, Comcare


Morning tea and networking

11:00am - 11:30am

Breakout sessions

Time Track 1
Jurisdictional asbestos coordination arrangements
Track 2
Identification and effective legacy management
Track 3
Non-government approaches to protecting the community
11:30am - 12:00pm Panel: Inter-agency Cooperation: What makes it work, what are the challenges, and how can we learn from each other? A Whole of Government approach to Asbestos ID and Management: The Victorian Experience 40 years of advocacy and activism - the ADSA story
12:00pm - 12:30pm Panel session continued Case study: ACT Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication Scheme – Where to from here?” Public health and preventing exposure to asbestos: what is working?
12:30pm - 1:00pm Panel session continued Prosecutions vs Victims' Compensation: The two sides to the legal coin. A United Approach to dealing with legacy asbestos in the workplace: business and trade unions working together

Lunch and networking

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Breakout sessions

Time Track 4
Asbestos awareness
Track 5
Safe prioritised removal and effective waste management
Track 6
International collaboration and leadership
2:00pm - 2:30pm Panel: What are the barriers to behavioural change? The latest in Australian awareness research Mandatory training around identification - Can it work? Asbestos in South East Asia: Recent Developments
2:30pm - 3:00pm Panel session continued A review of the guidelines for the assessment, remediation and management of asbestos contaminated soils Panel: International Perspectives and Challenges
3:00pm - 3:30pm A behavioural economics approach to asbestos communications and campaigns Case study presentation and Panel Discussion: Management onsite or disposal at landfill? How do we best prevent the risks to health? Presentation: National Strategic Plan 2019-2023: International Collaboration and Leadership

Afternoon tea and networking

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Day 3 - Wednesday 13th November 2019

Arrival and registration


Facilitator welcome

Karen TighePresenter, ABC


Ministerial Address

The Hon Bill Johnston, Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations


Panel: Local Government: Leadership, Challenges and Future Directions

Rebecca BrownManager, Waste & Recycling, WALGA

Daniel AdlerAsbestos Policy Project Manager, LGNSW


Morning tea and networking

10:20am - 10:50am

Keynote: Exposure issues and remediation challenges in remote indigenous communities


Keynote: Silicosis - Comparisons with asbestos and what can be learnt


2019 Conference highlights video


Day 3 wrap up and conference close


Light lunch and networking

12:15pm - 1:00pm

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