|Document ID (ISN)||100005|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Whyte P., Doolette D.J., Gorman D.F., Craig D.S.
||Positive reform of tuna farm diving in South Australia in response to government intervention
||Feb. 2001, Vol.58, No.2, p.124-128. Illus. 12 ref.
||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.
||decompression sickness; role of government; fishing; diving
||Australia; South Australia; safety and health training; frequency rates; state of health
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Australia|
||Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
|Broad subject area(s)