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Data from the nsw dust diseases board and the state

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Data from the NSW Dust Diseases Board and the state, territory and Commonwealth workers’ compensation schemes have been combined to produce another measure of the prevalence of asbestosis in Australia. Figure 7 shows the number of asbestosis-related compensated claims for men decreased between 2003 and 2006: since then the number has increased. In 2008p, 255 men were compensated for asbestosis-related claims. Figure 7 Compensated claims for asbestosis: number by sex, 2002 to 2008p Notes 1. Workers’ compensation data are usually collated and presented by financial year: in order to combine claims with data from the NSW Dust Diseases Board they have been compiled by calendar years. 2. Workers’ compensation data for 2008 are preliminary. Sources: NSW Dust Diseases Board and NDS. Asbestos-related Disease Indicators, August 2010 ... 8
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Deaths People with asbestosis do not usually die of the disease itself, but rather of other serious conditions triggered by the disease. In these cases, asbestosis should be recorded as an ‘underlying’ cause of death on death certificates. In 2008, there were 109 deaths recorded with asbestosis as the underlying cause of death; of these, 64% reported asbestosis with three or more other causes of death. The number of deaths attributed to asbestosis represents only around one-third of the deaths where the condition is mentioned on death certificates: this indicates that asbestosis is more prevalent than the data suggests (ABS 2010). Figure 8 shows that over the period 1998 to 2008 the number of deaths attributed to asbestosis has been steadily increasing, apart from a drop in numbers in 2005. In 2008, 109 deaths were attributed to asbestosis. Figure 8 Deaths due to asbestosis: 1998 to 2008 120
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Number of deaths 100 80 60 40 20 0 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Year of death registration Source: ABS Cause of Death data. Data sources The number of people diagnosed with asbestosis each year is unknown since, unlike mesothelioma, the disease does not have to be notified to jurisdiction authorities. However, there are four data sources that can provide an indication of the prevalence of asbestosis in the general population: > The AIHW compiles national hospitalisation data on the number of hospital stays where the patient was recorded as having asbestosis. > The NSW Dust Diseases Board records the number of compensation claims for asbestosis in NSW. Although representing only one state, NSW accounts for 32% of the Australian population and as such the Dust Diseases Board is an important resource for estimating the incidence of asbestosis in Australia. > The ABS Causes of Death data can identify the number of deaths registered in a year where the underlying cause of death was asbestosis. > NDS are data based on information received annually from Australian workers’ compensation authorities. Further information National Health and Medical Research Council 2010. Asbestos related diseases.
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