How we can help you

AVA provides the following services:

Our Volunteers

  • AVA volunteers are generally people who have become involved with AVA because they have experienced directly or indirectly the care or loss of a loved one or friend who has been affected by asbestos related disease.
  • Volunteers can help you talk through issues of concern that may be unique to your situation. They can be a sounding board for the many questions or situations that are part of the challenges that come with a diagnosis.
  • We learn from patients as they share stories of their treatment and responses, including those involved in clinical trials. This helps us to help you.

Where possible we can come to you in the Adelaide area, or where we have regional support available.

Information sessions for community groups – asbestos exposure is still an issue.

Free information sessions for community groups (such as U3A, Probus Clubs and Men’s Sheds) using power point presentations, videos, and take-home packs of information..

Free asbestos awareness workshops – asbestos exposure is an ongoing issue which includes not only trades people, but home renovators, or homes and buildings that are in poor repair, or which become damaged through disasters such as storms and bushfires.

Advice to South Australian residents on where to obtain:

  • Information if you are worried about asbestos use in your home or at work.
  • Information about safety procedures if asbestos is found
  • Information about what to do if you are exposed to asbestos
  • Information about asbestos-related diseases.
  • Help getting medical advice.
  • Help getting legal advice – you may be eligible for compensation.

Free Asbestos Awareness Workshop – Fill out form here

The Beinke Bequest – Financial Assistance for people with an Asbestos-Related Disease

If you live outside the metropolitan area and need to travel to Adelaide for treatment or care, AVA may be able assist you and your family with the costs of travel and short-term accommodation while you are having treatment or care in Adelaide. This could include overnight stays, petrol, taxi fares or similar. Please contact AVA to see if you are eligible.

These funds are available due to the generosity of Peter Beinke, who made a bequest to AVA in his will to help with expenses for people from regional areas with an asbestos related disease.

Download Beinke brochure here

AVA newsletter

The newsletter is published quarterly and contains the latest news about asbestos.