New Dust Diseases Clinic improves access to medical care for NSW workers affected by dust diseases

A state-of-the-art icare Dust Diseases Clinic is improving access to medical screening and boosting support services for NSW workers impacted by exposure to hazardous materials such as asbestos and silica.

Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Dominic Perrottet, CEO and Managing Director John Nagle

NSW Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations, The Hon. Dominic Perrottet, icare CEO and Managing Director John Nagle and Graham Fulton, first customer of the new icare Dust Diseases Clinic, officially opened the clinic.

Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations The Hon. Dominic Perrottet praised icare’s innovative new facilities, located at their new premises on Pitt St, at an official opening ceremony on Friday 23 November.

“The NSW Government has provided medical screening services to employers and people impacted by exposure to hazardous dust for over 40 years,” Mr Perrottet said.

“We are always working to identify and prevent illnesses, as well improve quality of life for workers diagnosed with a dust disease, and their families.”

“It is vital they have access to timely, convenient and state-of-the-art medical care and support.”

Mr Perrottet said the new icare Dust Diseases Clinic has been designed around the customer, with the latest medical technology and is fully wheelchair accessible.

The clinic’s screening services are free of charge and include access to x-ray, full lung function test and a medical examination with a medical specialist.

Workers screened at the icare Clinic can have an appointment, diagnosis and medical certification completed quickly, allowing for the determination of their claim within 10 to 30 days. This compares to between 30 to 180 days when completed by external providers.

“By combining three distinct lung screening services in one location, the icare Dust Diseases Clinic reduces the time customers must wait for specialist appointments and diagnoses by more than 80 per cent,” said Mr Perrottet.

The Pitt Street centre also provides options for expanded service and support offerings to all of icare’s customers over time. Areas of the multi-purpose centre have already been made available for use by community groups offering support and peer services to icare customers.