Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR)

The AMR is funded by Safe Work Australia and Comcare and is managed by the Cancer Institute NSW in collaboration with the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health.

The AMR collects information on all new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed since July 2010 from the state and territory cancer registries to which notification of mesothelioma is mandatory. Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer that typically occurs 20 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos however exposure may not necessarily result in the disease.

Patients diagnosed with mesothelioma who consent to being involved in the AMR’s asbestos exposure assessment are sent questionnaires to record their residential and occupational history and whether they have undertaken any tasks outside their paid work which may have resulted in exposure to asbestos. The patient’s history is used to identify the jobs or other circumstances most likely to have exposed them to asbestos in the past. This information is used to ask patients a set of specific questions that enable researchers to estimate their past exposure to asbestos.

The main aims of the AMR are:

  • to monitor the incidence and mortality of mesothelioma in Australia
  • to better understand the relationship between asbestos exposure and the occurrence of mesothelioma, and
  • to assist the development of policies to best deal with the asbestos still present in Australia’s built environment. In particular this information helps Safe Work Australia develop policy to manage asbestos exposures in workplaces, with the aim of reducing mesothelioma in the future.

The AMR’s first data report was released in 2012 and covered mesothelioma notifications during 2011 and details on the occupational histories of patients interviewed.

More information

The AMR publishes reports on the rates of new cases and deaths from mesothelioma in Australia and also information about patterns of exposure to asbestos in mesothelioma patients.

Visit the AMR website for the latest publications, news, events and more information about the registry.

Safe Work Australia has published a number of reports on the incidence of mesothelioma in Australia. To view the reports visit the mesothelioma page on this website.

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