More than 1,100 new mercury claims have been filed in Queensland, up by more than 100 per cent in the past six years.
The rate of claims has jumped to a record 4,000 cases a day.
The Queensland Health Service has said there has been a substantial increase in the number of people claiming the treatment.
Queensland Health Minister David Davis said there was a need for more awareness about the dangers of mercury.
He said it was important to keep the public informed.
Queensland Health Minister Dr David Davis says there was an increased need for information about the mercury poisoning.
“It’s a serious issue and it’s a health issue and people need to understand that,” he said.
Mr Davis said he believed people had not been adequately educated about mercury exposure and the risks of it.
He said it would take years before the public understood how mercury affected their health.
“[But] we’ve done our best in the last six years to educate people, so that the public can be educated and understand that mercury is a dangerous substance,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane.
QHC’s chief executive, David J. Jones, said the increase was a reflection of increased awareness about mercury in the community.
A spokeswoman for the Queensland Health Authority (QHA) said the rate of new mercury cases in Queensland had gone up more than a year.
She said the QHA had received more than 7,000 new mercury-related claims over the past 12 months.
Ms Jones said Queenslanders were not only exposed to mercury, but they also drank the water in which it was found.
This is not something we do very often in the state, but it is something we are doing now because it’s very, very important, she said.
“This is a huge issue in Queensland and we need to take action.”
Quebec Health Minister, David Davis, said there had been a significant increase in new mercury case reports.
In 2014, there were 4,823 new mercury related cases.
However, in 2015, there was more than 2,600 new cases and in 2016, there have been more than 5,200 new cases.QHA said it had made some adjustments to its assessment processes in 2016 to ensure people were not being over-represented in the rate at which they were filing claims.
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