Research & Support Organisations

Asbestos Diseases Research InstituteADRILogo

The Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) is a national body located in the Bernie Banton Centre, Concord NSW that conducts research into asbestos-related diseases and provides support services for people affected by asbestos-related diseases in NSW.

Founded in 2009 in response to the increasing incidence of malignant mesothelioma, ADRI is dedicated to tackling the silent and increasing epidemic of asbestos-related diseases.

ADRI’s primary objectives are to:

  • improve the diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related disease; and,
  • contribute to more effective measures to prevent exposure to asbestos.

In 2021, the ADRI was designated by the World Health Organisation as a Collaborating Centre for the Elimination of Asbestos Related Diseases. 

More information about ADRI can be found at

National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases (NCARD)

The National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases (NCARD) was established as a national cooperative research centre in 2007 in Perth, Western Australia by the Commonwealth government. NCARD continues as a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recognised Centre of Research Excellence (CRE).

The NCARD’S aim is to enable the best Australian scientists, clinicians and researchers in the field, using the best available modern technology, to work cooperatively to prevent, monitor, treat, and/or cure asbestos cancers in the shortest realistic timeframe. 

More information about NCARD can be found at

The Australian Asbestos Network (AAN)

The Australian Asbestos Network (AAN) is part of a larger group of researchers comprising medical, epidemiological and public health researchers studying the impacts of asbestos on the community. AAN has developed an online resource to provide the community with information about asbestos; its historical legacy, current impacts on Australian society and the ways in which we can all help to minimise its harmful effects on our health and wellbeing under the leadership of Emeritus Clinical Professor Bill Musk from the University of Western Australia.

More information about AAN can be found at

Support Groups Around Australia

For many years a number of groups across Australia have been dedicated to creating community awareness of the dangers of asbestos and providing invaluable support for people affected by asbestos-related diseases.  Annually on National Asbestos Awareness Day (the last Friday in November), these groups come together and hold memorial services to remember the many who have lost their lives as a result of asbestos-related diseases.

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