In August 2018 we previously posted about the Inquiry into Biotoxin-related Illnesses in Australia.
The committee has issued its report recently. The federal parliamentary inquiry heard from dozens of Australians.
The inquiry's recommendations include developing clinical guidelines for general practitioners to diagnose, treat and manage the illness, further research into symptoms and a Department of Health review into the treatment of patients.
A summary of recommendations follows:
2.91 The Committee recommends that the Department of Health produce and publish in the short term a fact sheet, and in the medium term undertake further research.
2.92 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government work with the states and territories to conduct further research into, and develop standards and/or accreditation requirements for the mould testing and remediation industries
2.93 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government work with the states and territories to ensure that tenants in rental properties, aged care facilities, and community, social and public housing are provided with timely information about disclosure and rectification of any previous or existing mould and/or water damage issues in a property before entering into a residential leasing agreement.
2.94 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government work with states and territories to conduct further research into the adequacy of current building codes and standards related to the prevention and remediation of dampness and mould in buildings.
3.95 The Committee recommends the Department of Health conduct a review into the treatment of patients presenting with complex illnesses that are difficult to diagnose such as those with CIRS-like symptoms.
3.96 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government commission the National Health and Medical Research Council to conduct research into CIRS-like syndromes with a view to assisting in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients. Research should also examine any links between mould and biotoxins and complex symptoms most commonly reported as typifying CIRS.
3.97 The Committee recommends that the Department of Health, in consultation with patient groups, medical practitioners, and health bodies, develop clinical guidelines for general practitioners for the diagnosis, treatment and management of CIRS-like conditions.
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