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Black lung under federal scrutiny

Coalminer’s pneumoconiosis is now under the spotlight of the Senate Select Committee on Health.

Also known as black lung disease, coalminer’s pneumoconiosis was thought to have been eradicated but has been diagnosed in six Queensland coalminers in recent months.

The re-emergence of the disease has prompted its inclusion in the Senate Select Committee on Health.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Division’s General President, Tony Maher, has welcomed the federal attention on the disease.

The Senate Select Committee on Health, which was set up in 2014 and has been inquiring into a number of health issues, will now shine a light on coalminer’s pneumoconiosis within the following terms of reference:

  • effect of reduced Commonwealth funding on state- and territory-provided hospital and other health services
    • effect of additional costs on access to healthcare and Medicare’s sustainability
    • effect of reduced Commonwealth funding for health promotion, prevention and early intervention
    • interaction between elements of the health system
    • improvements in the provision of health services
    • better integration and coordination of Medicare services
    • health workforce planning, and
    • any related matters.

The committee is due to table its final report on 20 June.

For more details, visit the Senate Committee

Published on 25 February 2016 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today

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