In August 2017, Dr Tim Driscoll provided to the Department a supplementary report, Deemed Diseases approach – information to support the update of the Comcare Scheme’s current deemed diseases legislative instrument as part of the development of the Deemed Diseases Instrument. Information contained in this report, particularly chapter 6 (Duration of exposure and latency), was used to develop the Instrument.
Dr Driscoll is an independent consultant in epidemiology, occupational health and public health, a specialist in occupational medicine and public health medicine, and a Fellow of the Australasian Faculties of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Public Health Medicine.
Dr Driscoll was originally commissioned by Safe Work Australia to review the latest scientific evidence on the causal link between diseases and occupational exposures for use by Australian workers’ compensation jurisdictions in relation to deemed diseases. That report can be found on the Safe Work Australia website.