One of Australia’s oldest asbestos support groups, the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA), located in Sydney and supporting asbestos disease victims in NSW since 1989, has today declared its support for the Thoracic Oncology Group of Australasia. At a meeting between ADFA President, Barry Robson and TOGA Board Chair, Prof Nick Pavlakis, Mr Robson declared ADFA’s support for TOGA and presented Prof Pavlakis with a cheque in the sum of $25,000.00.
In expressing his support for TOGA Mr Robson said:
“We want to support an organisation that is going to come up with better treatment outcomes for our members, for people with mesothelioma. Ultimately we want to see a cure. We see TOGA as the way forward.”
TOGA Board Chair, Prof Pavlakis said:
“We see working in partnership with groups like ADFA to be absolutely essential to our ongoing work. After all, it is those groups that represent the patients, the people that we need to serve with our research and trial work.”
The two organisations have committed to working closely together in the future. Prof Pavlakis has extended an invitation of Associate Membership to ADFA which Barry Robson immediately accepted.
At present TOGA is in discussions with other asbestos support groups in Australia seeking to form partnerships with those groups.