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LEAD Action News vol 10 no 4, June 2010, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News (ISSN 1440-0561)
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Health Statistics in West Coast Mining Towns

Compiled by Isla MacGregor

Tasmania's cancer rate at 443.9 cases per 100,000 people is the highest in Australia

On 10 November 2000 the report “Health Needs Assessment of the Communities of Rosebery, Zeehan and Tullah” prepared by Alberton Consulting in partnership with Di Hollister released some shocking health statistics for these West Coast towns. The Report highlights some of the significant health problems for people living in West Coast mining towns. It found that “54% more West Coast residents died from cancer compared to Tasmanians in other non-metropolitan areas of the state” and “admissions to public acute hospitals for treatment of bronchitis, emphysema and asthma… was elevated by more than 35%” and “from circulatory disease (heart disease and stroke mainly)....66% more deaths than would normally be expected.”

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