Asbestos is a building material that was commonly used in Australia. It has been found responsible for causing a number of serious illnesses.
This lung disease is caused by asbestos dust, with symptoms (shortness of breath, coughing) usually appearing 10 to 20 years after exposure.
Mesothelioma is a malignant tumour caused by exposure to asbestos, maybe decades ago. Australia has one of the world’s highest rates of mesothelioma.
If you are injured or become ill due to your work, you may be entitled to workers' compensation. Check your scheme for the benefits available if you make a claim.
Pleurisy occurs when the lining of the lungs become inflamed, most often due to a recent respiratory tract infection. Read about causes and treatments.
Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Learn about the causes and symptoms of, and treatments for, this serious disease.
Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease where the tissue around the air sacs in the lungs becomes damaged, thickened and scarred. The condition leads to problems with breathing. Find out more.
Health risks after a cyclone or flood
Here's a list of common health risks and hazards that can strike during floods and cyclones, such as contaminated floodwater and snake bites.