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The NDS is the only national data set that provides information on workers’ compensation claims that involve work-related disease. For a claim to be accepted, the workers’ compensation authorities require that the connection between workplace and disease be made by a medical practitioner. This may lead to considerable under-reporting of occupational disease in the NDS. The reader should also note that claims data are based on date of lodgement of claims which is usually closer to the data of diagnosis than the date of exposure. Further information on the NDS can be found on the Safe Work Australia website. NSW Dust Diseases Board The Workers’ Compensation Dust Diseases Board provides statutory no-fault compensation to NSW workers disabled by dust diseases resulting from exposure to dusts in the workplace. One of the Dust Diseases Board’s responsibilities is to maintain a database of statistical and related data to facilitate actuarial valuations of the liabilities of the Dust Diseases Scheme and research into dust diseases (Dust Diseases Board 2010). Asbestos-related Disease Indicators, August 2010 ... 12
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The Dust Diseases Board provided Safe Work Australia with data on the number of compensated claims awarded to workers disabled by asbestos-related diseases for each calendar year from 2002 to 2009. For the purposes of this report, only data for mesothelioma and asbestosis up to 2008 has been used and combined with NDS data (2008 NDS data is preliminary). The Dust Diseases Board data is an important source of data on asbestosis because, apart from NDS data, there is little data available to Safe Work Australia to estimate its prevalence in Australia. Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality (ACIM) The AIHW ACIM Books are interactive Excel workbooks comprising cause-specific Australian cancer incidence and mortality information for the most recent years and historically, for some data, to 1968. Individual workbooks have been created for selected cancers (AIHW 2010). Cancer (except basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin) is a notifiable disease in all Australian jurisdictions and, by law, data on every cancer diagnosis must be collected and reported to state and territory cancer registries who release this information to the AIHW NCSCH. The ACIM books use data from the NCSCH for the number of new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year. The ABS provides AIHW with the cause of death data contained in the ACIM books. To begin with, the cause of death data is collected by the state and territory Registrars of Births Deaths and Marriages who then provide this data to the ABS for coding and compilation into national statistics. The ACIM Book for mesothelioma contains incidence data from 1982 to 2006 and mortality data from 1997 to 2007. Data on the number of deaths each year is only from 1997 when mesothelioma was allocated a distinct code in the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases—previously, mesothelioma had been included with other cancers of the pleura.
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