The Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR) became operational in 2011 and contains information about people diagnosed with mesothelioma in Australia from 1 July 2010. The AMR also has a voluntary component that enables the collection of asbestos exposure information directly from people who have mesothelioma.
The fourth annual report focuses on mesothelioma cases diagnosed during 2014 and notified to the Registry up to 31 May 2015.
Key findings of the report include:
As at 31 May 2015:
- The AMR had received 641 notifications of people newly diagnosed with mesothelioma between 1 January and 31 December 2014. Of these people, 518 were males and 123 were females, and the majority (85.0 per cent) were aged 65 years or over at the time of diagnosis.
- The provisional age-standardised mesothelioma incidence rate in 2014 for males and females combined was 2.5 cases per 100,000 population.
- 607 mesothelioma patients on the AMR were recorded as having died in 2014. Where there was a known cause of death, 89.0 per cent were recorded as being due to mesothelioma.
Of the 449 people with mesothelioma who completed the asbestos exposure questionnaire and the telephone interview:
- 268 (59.7 per cent) respondents provided information indicating ‘possible’ or ‘probable’ occupational asbestos exposure.
- 24 (5.3 per cent) people provided no information indicating asbestos exposure above background levels in either occupational or non-occupational spheres.
The Australian Mesothelioma Registry is funded by Safe Work Australia and Comcare.