DOCTOR TO FUND DUST STUDY

A Singleton doctor plans to fund a study looking at possible links between respiratory illnesses and coalmine dust.

He says the number of patients reporting severe cases of asthma and other chronic airways diseases is on the rise in the coalmining region.

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Jane Goldsmith is a journalist, newsreader and producer based in Newcastle and began working with NBN Television in 2001. Originally from Port Macquarie, Jane has worked in television news and radio for 14 years and studied at the University of Newcastle.