About the notifiable dust lung disease register
Changes to the Public Health Act 2005 (the Act) and the Public Health Regulation 2018 were passed by Queensland Parliament in response to the emergence of occupational dust lung diseases, including coal workers’ pneumoconiosis and silicosis.
The Act and regulation changes provide a legislative framework for Queensland Health to establish a notifiable dust lung disease register (NDLD register). These changes commenced from 1 July 2019.
The NDLD register will allow Queensland Health to monitor and analyse the incidence of notifiable dust lung diseases.
A notifiable dust lung disease is any of the following respiratory diseases when caused by occupational exposure to inorganic dust:
- cancer (e.g. mesothelioma)
- chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease, including bronchitis and emphysema
- pneumoconiosis, including
- coal workers’ pneumoconiosis
- mixed-dust pneumoconiosis
Examples of inorganic dust include dust from silica, coal, asbestos, natural stone, tungsten, cobalt, aluminium and beryllium.
Prescribed medical practitioners from the following specialities are required to notify the NDLD register if they make a diagnosis of a notifiable dust lung disease:
- occupational and environmental medicine
- respiratory and sleep medicine.
The Act also allows Queensland Health to request information about notifications of notifiable dust lung diseases from other State agencies, for example, the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
Learn more about making a notification to the NDLD register.
- Public Health Act 2005
- Public Health Regulation 2018
- Health and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019
- Joint media statement: Queensland Health extends surveillance of dust-related diseases
- Black lung white lies: Inquiry into the re-identification of Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis in Queensland (PDF, 8.7MB)