The Asbestos Victims Association of South Australia (AVA) is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. It provides support for people living with an asbestos-related disease. We also offer assistance to family members, carers and friends. All services are provided free of charge.
We assist people affected by asbestos in both metropolitan Adelaide and South Australian regional areas. We hold regular gatherings where patients and carers can discuss their experiences with one another. For anyone unable to attend in person, we offer a personal visit or a phone call.
Since 2000, AVA has campaigned in South Australia on behalf of victims for proper compensation and support. There have been some great wins including the Xenophon legislation to streamline and increase compensation payments to South Australians and of course the successful campaign to ensure James Hardie compensated its victims adequately. We are in contact with both medical and legal practitioners who advise our members on treatment options and compensation entitlements.
Our aim is to eliminate the occurrence of asbestos exposure in order to reduce the future incidence of asbestos-related diseases. AVA also provides up-to-date information to the community about the danger of exposure to any type of asbestos.
Why do we do all of the above?
More than 4000 people die from asbestos exposure every year in Australia.
This figure is a combination of mesothelioma and lung cancer deaths – deaths from asbestosis are not recorded. This figure is simply unacceptable given how long society has known about the dangers of asbestos.
We welcome visitors to our office – Level 9, 60 Waymouth Street, Adelaide.
Phone: (08) 8212 6008 or 0455 120 588
As the office is run by volunteers, we suggest you phone before coming in to ensure someone will be there to greet you.