CFA will soon begin contacting present and past members identified in the Professor Joy Report as belonging to high and medium risk of exposure groups, compared to others who were at Fiskville between 1971 and 1999. CFA will be inviting them to participate in the program.
As part of the program, which could include up to 250 people, individuals will be offered annual medical assessments, which will include a medical examination and health questionnaire.
CFA Chief Executive Officer Mick Bourke said creating the Health Surveillance Program was an important action to address CFA’s concerns for the welfare of its members.
“Understandably, many present and past members are anxious following the release of the Professor Joy Report. The Health Surveillance Program will monitor many of those identified in the report, providing them with a greater opportunity for early information on their health,” Mr Bourke said.
In the coming days CFA will progressively contact members who are known to CFA as a result of the Professor Joy Report. Investigations are underway to find others yet to be identified.
As part of the program medical services will be made available and will be offered annually for the first five years then further health surveillance can occur based on medical advice.
While the Health Surveillance Program will monitor individuals’ health, medical treatment will remain with present and past members own health professionals.
The Health Surveillance Program is one of 11 management initiatives identified by CFA, in addition to the 10 recommendations of the Professor Joy Report.
“We are determined to ensure the practices identified in the Professor Joy Report are never repeated. We have already made significant progress ensuring Fiskville remains our primary training facility which will serve CFA and other agencies for decades to come.” Mr Bourke said.
He emphasised CFA’s commitment to its members part and present who may have been impacted by the burning of chemicals at Fiskville in past eras.
An initial $5 million has been allocated over the next year to begin work implementing recommendations of the Professor Joy Report and CFA’s additional management initiatives.