Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR)
Note: The AMR is in the process of being moved from the Cancer Institute NSW to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. During this transition period, please phone the AMR Helpline on 1800 378 861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Welcome to the AMR website.
The AMR is a stand alone database that contains information about people with mesothelioma. We monitor all new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed from 1st July 2010 in Australia. In addition, information about asbestos exposure is collected from people with mesothelioma through the Postal Questionnaire and telephone interview.
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the protective lining of the body cavities and internal organs, such as the lungs, heart and bowel. Asbestos is the main cause of mesothelioma.
In the past, Australia was one of the biggest users of asbestos in the world and there is a large amount of asbestos in Australian buildings and other infrastructure. As a consequence, we have one of the world's highest rates of mesothelioma and it is estimated that this is yet to peak. More research is needed to better understand the exact relationship between asbestos and mesothelioma.
The AMR is funded by Australian Government agency Safe Work Australia. The information collected by the AMR will help the Australian Government develop policies to best deal with the asbestos still present in Australia's buildings and environment, with the aim of reducing mesothelioma in the future.
If you are a mesothelioma patient or a medical professional and are approached to participate in the AMR, we encourage you to become involved. Your participation will help towards preventing mesothelioma in the future.