How dangerous is it to live in a Mr Fluffy house?

Presented by ANU College of Health & Medicine

On average, people who live, or have lived, in a Mr Fluffy house probably have higher exposure to asbestos than other Australians. How much this higher exposure increases their risk of asbestos-related disease is uncertain. There is very limited evidence on the level of asbestos exposure in Mr Fluffy houses. Most of the evidence on the health effects of asbestos comes from studies of people heavily exposed to asbestos in their workplace; and extrapolating from effects at high levels of exposure to effects at low levels requires uncertain assumptions.

In this lecture, Professor Bruce Armstrong will review background evidence on health effects of asbestos and their importance in Australia, discuss what is known of the frequency of these effects at low levels of exposure, make an estimate of the risk of mesothelioma to people who live or have lived in a Mr Fluffy house, and briefly describe research currently being done to permit more certain estimates.

Bruce Armstrong is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. He has 40 years' experience researching the causes and prevention of cancer and the performance of cancer services. Among other things he has been Deputy Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Director of Research and Registers at Cancer Council NSW, Head of the University of Sydney's School of Public Health and Director of Research at the former Sydney Cancer Centre. He is currently Chair of the NSW Bureau of Health Information and a Senior Adviser at the Sax Institute, Sydney. Professor Armstrong was honoured for his work in cancer epidemiology by award of membership of the Order of Australia (AM), fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science and the 2006 (inaugural) NSW Premier's award of Cancer Researcher of the Year.

Refreshments served from 5.30pm, with the lecture beginning at 6pm

This talk will be recorded any available via our SoundCloud channel within a few days of the event. 

Presented by the National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health Research.