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Asbestos still poses a threat to global health: now is the time for action

Peter D Sly, Robin Chase, John Kolbe, Philip Thompson, Leena Gupta, Mike Daube, Ian Olver and Deborah Vallance
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (4): 198-199.

Australia should support international bans on asbestos trade

Peter D Sly, MB BS, FRACP, DSc, Deputy Director1
Robin Chase, MB BS, DPH, FAFOEM, President, Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine2
John Kolbe, MB BS, FRACP, President2
Philip Thompson, MB BS, FRACP, President3
Leena Gupta, MB BS, MPH, FAFPHM, President, Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine2
Mike Daube, BA(Hons), HonDSci, President4
Ian Olver, MD, FRACP, Chief Executive Officer5
Deborah Vallance, BMedSci, MB BS, MPH, National Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator6
1 Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
2 Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney, NSW.
3 Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, NSW.
4 Public Health Association of Australia, Canberra, ACT.
5 Cancer Council of Australia, Sydney, NSW.
6 Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, Melbourne, VIC.
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