TSANZ Webinar Series - “Accelerated Silicosis, kitchen benchtops and the emerging epidemic” with Dr Ryan Hoy & Dr Graeme Edwards

Event Date: Thursday, 11th of October 2018

Time: 10am AEDT

Duration: 45 minutes

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We have been aware of an increasing number of cases of silicosis over the last few years. However, in September, a denominator became known. Health Surveillance of just two businesses involved in artificial stone kitchen benchtop fabrication, totalling 35 people, identified 12 cases, half of whom had Progressive Massive Fibrosis. Most were asymptomatic. Recently, WorkCover Queensland has accepted 22 cases in a 3-week period, including a worker as young as 27 years of age.

Artificial stone contains over 90% silica and workers fabricating benchtops from this product can be exposed to extreme levels of respirable crystalline silica dust. This presentation will provide an overview of silicosis, what makes accelerated silicosis different, the process of artificial stone benchtop fabrication, and up to date information about the emerging epidemic.

The presenters:

Dr Ryan Hoy MBBS FRACP MOccEnvHlth

Dr Ryan Hoy is a Respiratory and Sleep Disorders Physician based at Cabrini Medical Centre and Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Following respiratory training, Dr Hoy undertook a fellowship in occupational lung diseases at the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr Hoy completed a Master’s degree in Occupational and Environmental Health in 2009. Dr Hoy is a Senior Research Fellow with the School of Public Health, Monash University and his research interests include work-related asthma, laryngeal dysfunction and occupational interstitial lung diseases. He was a member of the Monash team commissioned by the Queensland Government to undertake Review of Respiratory Component of the Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme in 2016. Dr Hoy was a board member of the NSW icare Dust Disease Board for a 2-year term from 2016 and held the positions of deputy-convenor and convenor of the TSANZ Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease SIG between 2012 and 2016.


Dr Edwards is a Fellow, Educational Supervisor of Trainees, and former Chair of the Faculty Policy and Advocacy Committee with the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He balances the industrial and medicolegal side of his practice with a continuing commitment to general medicine. In March 2015 he was awarded the RACP-AFOEM President’s Award for Policy and Advocacy on behalf of patients, the Faculty and the College. He also represents the RACP on the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) – Electro-Magnetic Energy Reference Group. Having practised in occupational, industrial and environmental medicine since 1991, Dr Edwards has worked as a medical adviser and consultant across a diverse range of industries and geographic locations having presented health risk planning and management workshops to businesses in Australia, Canada, USA, Singapore and Hong Kong.


To register your interest in attending this webinar, please select one of the links below.

Registrations will close at 5pm AEDT on Wednesday, 10th October 2018. For late registration enquiries, please contact our office at tsanzoffice@thoracic.org.au.

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