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Document ID (ISN)100005
CIS number 02-1428
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Whyte P., Doolette D.J., Gorman D.F., Craig D.S.
Title Positive reform of tuna farm diving in South Australia in response to government intervention
Bibliographic information Feb. 2001, Vol.58, No.2, p.124-128. Illus. 12 ref.
Abstract Most of the tuna harvested in South Australia since 1990 involves the use of divers. From 1993 to 1995, 17 divers from this industry were treated for decompression illness (DCI). In response, the State Government introduced corrective strategies. A decrease in the number of divers presenting for treatment was subsequently recorded. Consequently, the hypothesis was tested that the government intervention resulted in a decrease in the incidence of DCI in the industry and an improved clinical outcome of divers with DCI. The incidence of treated DCI in tuna farm divers was estimated from the number of divers with DCI treated and the number of dives undertaken extrapolated from a survey of the industry in 1997-8. General health was measured in the tuna farm diving population by a valid and reliable self-assessment questionnaire. The outcome of the divers treated for DCI was analysed with a modified clinical severity scoring system. Results show that the apparent incidence of treated DCI has effectively decreased in tuna farm divers since the government intervention.
Descriptors (primary) decompression sickness; role of government; fishing; diving
Descriptors (secondary) Australia; South Australia; safety and health training; frequency rates; state of health
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Fishing
Hyperbaric pressure