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Australian Firefighters Health Study to be released

By: Mick Bourke

  5.04 PM 10 December, 2014

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AFAC and Monash University’s Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health will release the Australian Firefighters Health Study tomorrow.

The retrospective health study of firefighters was commissioned by AFAC in 2011 and is a significant piece of work into firefighters’ mortality and cancer incidence.

We welcome the release of the study and I would like to thank Associate Professor Deborah Glass, Professor Malcolm Sim and their team for their efforts in compiling what should be considered the best body of work done in Australia to date on this topic. I would also like to thank all members of the Advisory Committee for their contribution to the study.

The aims of the study were to:

  •        Examine mortality and cancer incidence among firefighters divided into male and female, career full-time and part-time, paid and volunteer groups;
  •        Investigate different sub-groups within the firefighter population.

The result is a lengthy and detailed report and we will need to take some time to consider the information within the report.

CFA, along with many fire services, has contributed time, money and effort in ensuring the report is as comprehensive and inclusive as possible. 


Mick Bourke 


Last Updated: 10 December 2015