Inquiry into Biotoxin-related Illnesses released

Friday, 19 October 2018

Lucy Wicks MP, Federal Member for Robertson has spoken in Parliament in response to the Inquiry into Biotoxin-related Illnesses in Australia and the 7 recommendations the Committee made.

The report into Biotoxin-related Illnesses in Australia by the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport was tabled in the House of Representatives.

“From this report we have seen an important outcome for people struggling with mould-related illness or living in water-damaged buildings,” Mrs Wicks said. 

“The recommendations from the report focused around supporting medical professionals to identify diagnose and treat Biotoxin-related illnesses as well as investing in more research into CIRS and the effect of mould on human health.  This included the need to develop clinical guidelines for general practitioners for those suffering from CIRS-like illness. 

“On the issue of water-damaged buildings, the Committee recommended the Federal Government work with the states and territories to develop standards and guidelines for mould testing, remediation and conduct investigation into current building codes around mould. Other recommendations were made in relation to rental properties, aged care facilities and social housing. 

Lucy Wicks is urging the Federal Government to carefully consider all 7 recommendations of the report and the significant impact they could have to help those suffering from Biotoxin-related illness. 

“With the adoption of some of these recommendations, we could see a more a widespread knowledge of Biotoxin-related illness, standards of practice around mould in building codes and better health outcomes, both in diagnosis and treatment for people with CIRS-like symptoms,” Mrs Wicks said.

“This report validates the experiences of the hundreds of people that have contacted me with their stories and experiences suffering with a Biotoxin-related illness. It lets people know who are suffering with is this particular condition that their voice is being heard. 

Throughout the inquiry, the Committee received nearly 142 submissions, received 39 exhibits and heard from countless professionals in the medical space, construction and mould remediation at public hearings.

A full copy of the report can be found on the Committee website -https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Health_Aged_Care_and_Sport/BiotoxinIllnesses/Report

 

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