The Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) contributes to the government’s employment and economic objectives in the areas of workplace health and safety, electrical safety, workers’ compensation and industrial relations.
We seek to improve work health and safety, electrical safety and workers’ compensation performance through regulatory and policy frameworks and the provision of evidence-based services and advice.
The Queensland Government has committed up to $5 million over four years for medical research to improve the health and wellbeing of workers suffering from occupational dust lung disease, in particular coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) and silicosis (including accelerated silicosis).
Occupational dust lung disease not only impacts profoundly on all aspects of the lives of affected workers and their families, but also creates a public health issue in relation to treatment options, including an increased demand for lung transplants due to the recent increase in silicosis cases. Currently, there is no proven treatment other than lung transplantation in advanced cases.
This grant opportunity seeks to support researchers to pursue medical research which must support one or more of the following areas which will benefit Queensland workers with occupational dust lung diseases, particularly those with silicosis (including accelerated silicosis) and CWP:
- understanding the pathogenesis of silicosis (including accelerated silicosis) and CWP
- identifying factors to determine disease severity and risk of disease progression (linked to ability to return to work), and
- determining the efficacy and sensitivity of methods for early diagnosis, prevention and progression of disease including anti-fibrotic medications, pulmonary rehabilitation, whole lung lavage and other developing treatments.
Expressions of Interest must be lodged by 2 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on 14 June 2021.
For detailed information on the specific goods / services sought under this tender, please review the "Specification Documents" in "Section 3 - Here is the detail".
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