Jobfit Health Group has been endorsed by the Queensland Government to provide former workers in the coal and mineral industry with free lung health assessments.
From 1 March 2019, retired and former coal mine, mineral mine and quarry workers (former workers) are eligible for a Queensland Government-funded assessment consisting of a respiratory function examination and a chest X-ray examination to detect mine dust lung diseases such as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis and silicosis.
Former workers can qualify for a free assessment if they meet the criteria:
- Coal mine, mineral mine or quarry worker for at least 3 years in total over a lifetime, with at least 6 months of this work experience in Queensland.
- Have now permanently stopped being a coal mine, mineral mine or quarry worker.
- It has been at least 5 years since the most recent assessment, unless a doctor has recommended an assessment sooner.
The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DRNME) will pay for the lung health assessment of former workers who qualify.
Although participation is voluntary, Jobfit encourages former workers who meet the criteria be assessed by our team of supervising doctors.
Coal mine dust lung diseases can take up to ten years or more to develop, and even longer to produce noticeable symptoms. While prevention is the best defence, identifying the disease in its early stages can prevent it from progressing to a point where it has an impact on quality of life.