For nearly 50 years, houses affected by loose fill asbestos insulation or Mr Fluffy have been part of the Canberra community. Over time many people have lived in, worked on or in, or visited affected houses and are interested to understand the issue and any associated risks to health.
The public release of the list of affected properties enables former residents, tradespeople and the broader community to know whether particular properties are (or were) affected by Mr Fluffy loose fill asbestos insulation. The list makes suburbs and addresses publicly available but personal details of current or former residents are not included.
The Taskforce may, in time, add other known affected houses that were previously privately demolished or removed through natural disasters for historical reference.
There can be a range of reactions to learning you may have lived in, worked on or in, or even visited an affected property. The ACT Chief Health Officer has advised that just because a person has been exposed to loose fill asbestos insulation does not mean they will necessarily develop an asbestos related medical condition.
There are a number of steps and recommendations to assist you manage your interest:
- Check the list.
- Access supporting information, in particular:
- Health and Wellbeing
- ACT Asbestos Health Study - Australian National University
- Dealing with the emotional impact of the Mr Fluffy legacy - presentation by Dr Rob Gordon
- Support InfoSheets
- If you feel anxious or concerned access support through your General Practitioner, ACT Medicare Local on 02 6287 8066, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.
- Visit Personal Support for more options.