Coal workers' pneumoconiosis

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Coal workers' pneumoconiosis is caused by long-term exposure to respirable coal dust. Coal workers' pneumoconiosis is one of a range of lung diseases caused by long term exposure to mine dust. Mine dust lung diseases include asbestos, silicosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) has extended its reporting and now reports on the numbers of cases of confirmed mine dust lung diseases among Queensland miners, including coal mine workers' pneumoconiosis.

The re-identification of coal mine workers' pneumoconiosis in Queensland prompted an independent review of the respiratory component of the Coal Mine Workers' Health Scheme. The review was undertaken by Monash University, in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Queensland Government is working to implement the 18 recommendations outlined in the review.

This guide provides information on:

  • coal workers' pneumoconiosis
  • support for current coal mine workers
  • support for retired and former workers
  • the Queensland Government's response
  • the independent review by Monash University
  • the status of current and planned work
  • regulatory changes
  • parliamentary inquiries.