News from the CRC

Darryl Dixon presenting his research in 2013.

Darryl Dixon presenting his research in 2013.
Darryl Dixon presenting his research in 2013.

Asbestos danger predicited to rise

A CRC student is conducting research into a hazard which could have prevented the death of his grandfather.

Darryl Dixon lost his grandfather after he suffered complications associated with asbestosis shortly after Darryl started his Masters of Emergency Management at Charles Sturt University.

Darryl says if his research increases awareness of the risks surrounding asbestos and reduces diseases then it has been worth it.

The Exposure of emergency service personnel to asbestos project showcases Darryl’s research on the training, policies and procedures which take place when there is contact with asbestos.

“Australia is predicted to have the largest incidence of asbestos-related diseases over the next decade,” Mr Dixon says.

Mr Dixon spoke about the risks of asbestos in buildings at the CRC’s Research Advisory Forum in Sydney where he joined three other students as part of a three-minute-thesis presentation.

Darryl has seen asbestos in many emergency situations as a former member of the NSW Police Force and as a current volunteer for NSW Rural Fire Service. He says he did not have any situational awareness until he began his research.

“Asbestos can create a major health and environmental hazard to not only emergency service personnel, but the residents, animals, visitors and media.”

It is estimated one in three homes built before 2003 will contain asbestos.

Darryl’s student project looks at the training, policies and procedures when there is contact with asbestos.

120 end-users, partners and researchers attended the Forum which ran across two days where there were opportunities for deep discussion and networking events.

The next RAF is scheduled to take place in October.

More news from the CRC

Dr Darja Kragt will talk about volunteer expectations and stereotypes. Photo: South Australia SES (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
With an average annual volunteer turnover of around 15 per cent across all volunteer services in WA, CRC researcher Dr Darja Kragt will explore what improvements are needed to better recruit, train and retain volunteers...
Photo: Tanel Teemusk (CC BY-SA 2.0)
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is looking for researchers to lead projects on grassland fire danger, environmental crime and guidelines for seizing wildlife. This research is being undertaken for the Victorian...
The July 2018 edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management focuses on the inclusion of the disabled population in disaster management and research.
Photo: Arnaud Mesureur, Unsplashed
A new research opportunity is now available with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, with an expression of interest currently sought for a project assessing environmental compliance and crime.
Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard spoke about the study on the mental health of EM workers.
A ground-breaking CRC-linked project on the mental health of emergency service workers was highlighted by the former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, now chairperson of beyondblue at the 2018 Emergency Management...
New journal articles on CRC research have been made available this month on the CRC website.
Past and present CRC PhD students in Hobart.
If you would like to study natural hazards in New Zealand and would like to develop and enhance your research skills, then you could be eligible for new scholarship opportunities.
The future of national natural hazards mitigation policy was up for discussion recently at a special event hosted by the new National Resilience Taskforce.
North Australia Fire Managers Forum 2018, Townsville
This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Northern Australia Fire Managers forum, which gathered fire managers over three days from a range of public and private organisations from across northern Australia.
The trade expo at AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is set to be huge.
Emergency management leaders to gather in Perth to discuss how to adapt and weather change at AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ.

News archives

AFAC17 logo

AFAC17 logo

All the resources from our 2017 conference

National research priorities for natural hazards

National research priorities for natural hazards

National priorities for research

The Sir Ivan fire. Photo: Nick Moir, Fairfax Media

The Sir Ivan fire. Photo: Nick Moir, Fairfax Media

Research findings from 2017 NSW fires

Four years of highlights

Bushfire planning with kids ebook

Explore by keyword