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This conference paper was originally published as Bofinger, C, Health Tracking Project — The Development of a National Framework for Managing Occupational Illness and Disease in the Australian Minerals Industry, in Aziz, N (ed), Coal 2005: Coal Operators' Conference, University of Wollongong & the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2005, 123-128.


The Health Tracking project is one of five projects being undertaken as

part of the Minerals Industry Cooperation Initiative (MICI) – a national

initiative sponsored by the Minerals Council of Australia. The aim of the

Health Tracking project is to assess the practicality of ways to

demonstrate the monitoring of hazardous exposures and the occurrence of

related occupational illness and disease and development of management

systems and strategies at a national level.

This second stage of the project will be completed in 2005 and will

cover four areas:

1. pilot development of a comprehensive job exposure matrix (JEM) for

the minerals industry;

2. development of both proactive and reactive occupational illness and

disease metrics;

3. recommendations regarding appropriate health tracking models; and

4. provision of best practices guidelines for management of

occupational health.

The synergies between these areas will establish the path towards an

effective national occupational health surveillance system and the

development of effective prevention strategies and policies.