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22.4.1 F-111 Deseal/Reseal
This type of service relates to F-111 Deseal/Reseal workers who were working on the fuel tanks of the F-111 jets at the Amberley RAAF Base in Queensland. As a result of the Study of Health Outcomes in Aircraft Maintenance Personnel (SHOAMP) the then government announced an three tiered ex-gratia scheme for those maintenance workers who fulfilled certain criteria, and an additional health care scheme which provided a white card for those eligible.
F-111 Deseal/Reseal workers, who already had access to the SRCA, were granted access under section 7(2) of the Act which provides for coverage of certain conditions where the incidence of those conditions is higher amongst those employees than others doing different work in the same workplace. As a result of the SHOAMP a number of conditions are covered under the s7(2) provisions. Essentially this means that if the claimant is an F-111 Deseal/Reseal worker, and they are diagnosed with one of the conditions, liability will be accepted under the SRCA.
These cases have traditionally been handled by a specialised team in the Brisbane Office. A recent Parliamentary Inquiry into the F-111 Deseal/Reseal matter has been finalised and a report produced. More information is available on the internet mirror. Delegates who work outside the Brisbane office should not commence investigation on an F-111 without first consulting with their manager. More information is available on TRIM.