Health workers attacked and abused over hospital smoking ban

The City of Melbourne has not issued any infringements for smoking outside the six public hospitals in its jurisdiction since the ban begun. Photo: Tamara VoninskiRules banning smoking outside Victoria’s public hospitals could be reviewed because health workers are being attacked and abused while trying to police the policy.
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Calls for an audit of the ban are being led by the n Nursing and Midwifery Federation, which is concerned nurses are being put in danger.

“We’re hearing that the policing of the ban actually leads to violence and aggression against our members,” unionstate secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said.

The callscomeafter the death of Melbourne heart surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann, who was allegedly punched in the head in the foyer of Box Hill Hospital after expressing concern about people smoking near the hospital entrance.

Surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann died after allegedly being punched in the head in the foyer of Box Hill Hospital after expressing concern about people smoking near the hospital entrance. Photo: Eddie Jim

Last month two patient transport officerswere reportedly assaulted outside Dandenong Hospital after refusing a request for a cigarette.

Ambulance union state secretarySteveMcGhie said one of the officers had surgery because of an injury sustained in the assault.

Mr McGhie said altercations about smoking did lead to violence and aggression against healthcare workers.

He said there was no easy fix, especially as some offenders were drug affected or had mental health problems.

“Smoking rooms may address some issues, but bystanders and relatives at hospital, quite often because of their agitation and concern, may just smoke outside front doors of hospitals,” he said.

Smokers beneath a ”No Smoking” sign at the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Saturday. Photo: Paul Jeffers

A review revisiting how to best protect health workers has broad support of the ambulance union and the n Medical Association, though the AMA does not want to see the smoking ban overturned or relaxed.

AMAVictorian presidentLorraine Bakersaid doctors had told her they felt reluctant to get into “any discussion” with anyone smoking in an area where smoking was banned.

“We support local government and the Victorian government working together to find strategies that will allow for responsible and safe enforcement of a smoking ban,” Dr Baker said.

The banwas introduced by the Andrews government in April 2015and prevents people from lighting up within four metres of an entrance to a public hospital. Many hospitals also have their own smoke-free zones that go beyond what is required by law.

Victoria’s councils have been given money from the government to enforce the four-metre ban and for other anti-smoking initiatives.

But it appears that council officers are rarely, if ever, handing out fines.

The City of Melbourne has not issued any infringements for smoking outside the six public hospitals in its jurisdiction since the ban begun, despite saying officers regularly patrol around hospitals.

“We have very few complaints from hospitals or the public regarding breaches of the ban and find that smokers are generally respectful of the rules,” a spokeswoman said.

The peak body for Victoria’s councils said it was difficult to catch people in the act of smoking.

Municipal Association of Victoria presidentMaryLalios said that,as a result, councils tended to focus their attention on matters such as proper signage.

“Councils respond to complaints from the public, but do not have the resources to place staff out on the beat permanently policing every venue where a smoking ban applies,” Cr Lalios said.

Opposition health spokeswomanMaryWooldridgesaid hospitals often phoned for help “but the smokers have left before council enforcement officers arrive”.

Health Minister Jill Hennessy’s office did not say whether the government would consider reviewing the smoking ban. But a spokeswoman said that this financial year “around $1.8 million was provided to councils to undertake tobacco education and enforcement activities, including the new outdoor smoking bans”.

Ms Fitzpatrick said the nurses’ union was calling for research into who was enforcing the hospital smoking ban and if it wasreducing smoking.

“We want to see if there is a way of reducing violence and protecting health workers from secondary smoke inhalation,” she said.

People caught smoking near a public hospital entrance can be fined $159.

– The Age

Newcastle University protests on Tuesday over coal connections

Data reveals university’s coal ties Questions: The University of Newcastle has been asked to divest itself of coal investments.
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New: The University of Newcastle has received millions of dollars in coal-linked funding since 2013.

Dramatic: The dramatic new University of Newcastle CBD building.

TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldquestions on Tuesday.

Students at Newcastle, Queensland, NSW and Monash universities will hold protests on Tuesday highlighting universitylinks with the coal industry, and calling oninstitutions to move investments from fossil fuels.

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The protests coincide with release of the“Exposing the Ties”reportshowing how key decision-makers in n universities are former employees of fossil fuel industries, or hold non-executive director positions on mining and related companies.

These include University of Newcastle Chancellor Paul Jeans, who held chief executive roles at BHP over a 40-year career with the company, was Newcastle Port Corporation chair from 2008 to 2013 and a former n Minerals Council councillor.

University of Newcastle Council member Michelle McPherson held senior finance roles with Caltex and was a Newcastle Port Corporation director for six years.

The university’sHunter Research Foundation Centre has many fossil fuel-related companies in its sponsors list, including the Port of Newcastle, Port Waratah Coal Services, coal consultant GHD, Centennial Coal and Bengalla Mining. The centre’s advisory board includes members with a history of work in the fossil fuel industry. One member, Professor Eileen Doyle, is a non-executive member of Oil Search Ltd.

Companies connected to research funding at the University of Newcastle include Glencore, Rio Tinto, New Hope, Stanford Coal, Peabody, BHP, Whitehaven Coal and Xstrata.

Jackson Turner of350苏州模特佳丽招聘 said the strong links between universities andthe fossil fuels industry could create a serious conflict of interest when it comes to decisions about whether a university moves its investments out of coal, oil and gas.

“n universities have been resistant to divesting their assets from fossil fuel and related companies. This has led us to question the kinds of ties that exist between our universities and the fossil fuels industry,” Mr Turner said.

“What we have found is that many council members of leading universities either have ties to, or are non-executive directors of companies whose significant business is in fossil fuels.Additionally, many universities have material ties to the industry, receiving funding for university projects from fossil fuel or related companies.

“These ties could create a serious conflict of interest or bias when it comes to decisions around fossil fuel divestment, potentially jeopardising universities’ own endowment investments by failing to accurately consider climate change and stranded asset risks.”

Over the past four years students at 18 n universities, including Newcastle, have petitioned the institutions to divest from fossil fuels, in line with major companies and other institutions, including churches, that have divested.

The Hunter university was asked to disclose the full carbon exposure of its investments, stop any new investments in fossil fuel activities and set a five-year deadline on divesting.

“If it’s wrong to wreck the climate then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage,” Mr Jackson said.

Investing in fossil fuels was“not only ethically ambiguous but financially risky” because of the risk of stranded assets, he said.

Vicki Purnell opens up about Bridie’s Blossoms for stillborn and miscarried babies

A sewer is using her talent to create outfits for stillborn babies Vicki Purnell spends countless hours creating intricate little outfits for stillborn and miscarried babies.
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Sizes start from 0 to 16 weeks, then 17 to 21 weeks, 22 to 25, 26 to 30, 31 to 36 and 37 to 40 weeks. This burial outfit is for a full-term baby.

TweetFacebookThey say that it was just so good to see their babies were dressed, that they were farewelled with dignity

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There are 40 stillbirths and 20 newborn deaths in Tasmania each year, with one in 135 births being stillborn and one in four women experiencing a miscarriage -wide.

The name Bridie’s Blossoms comes from another friend of Ms Purnell’s who had a stillborn baby about five years ago.

“She was just about to have her second baby – a little girl, and a few days before she was scheduled for a cesarean, Bridie passed away. Shewas nearly full-term.

“So it was bubbling in my mind back then. When the time was right, I approached her, when I was planning on getting this project off the ground – I had a few ideas in place, and I thought, well I’ll ask her what she thinks about using the name.

“She was really pleased that her daughter’s memory was going to live on and to help other people.”

Ms Purnell has been creating the packages since late 2013, and has already made nearly 400 packages and about 100 separate burial outfits.

“Up to 16 weeks there’s no legal requirement to have a funeral, so you can take it home and put it in your backyard if you wanted to, which is what some people do.

“That’s how the coffin box came about.Once I started doing this, the Gateway Church got in touch with me and said, ‘would you be able to line the coffins we put out to the hospitals on the North-West’.So I came up with this plan and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

The packages include booties, a hat, a nappy and a gown for the baby, as well as keepsakes for the parents. The keepsakes include a handkerchief, which Ms Purnell makes from scratch, two teddy bears –one for the baby and one for the parents to keep, a little lace angel, two keyrings –one that says, ‘I existed, I mattered’ and one that says, ‘fly free’, a keepsake nappy, an angel baby hanger, a guardian angel feather and a charm pin that says, ‘you are always in my heart’.

The parents often keep the gown the baby wears in the hospital, and bury them in a different outfit.

“The parents might keep the outfit the baby’s worn as akeepsake. They want to have something the baby’s worn so they have that smell – they know the baby’s touched it.”

Everything she makes for the babies needs to be easy for the nurses or funeral directors to put on and take off.

“They have such fragile skin – it’s paper wafer thin and it’s translucent.”

Nobody is charged for the packages, burial outfits or remembrance quiltletsMs Purnell makes.

“While I am willing and able to do it, I will,” she said.

“Sewing is my passion. I’ve been sewing since I was very, very small. It’s my therapy, I enjoy sewing, so rather than waste money on something else, this is something I’m very passionate about.”

She puts a little note in the keepsake packages so that parents can get in touch and ask for a personalised remembrance quiltlet with the name and date of birth of their baby.

Ms Purnell receives feedback all the time from parents on her facebook page.

“They say thatit was just so good to see their babies were dressed, that they were farewelled with dignity.

“I’ve had people who had a baby years ago say, ‘I wish you were here when I had my baby because they didn’t have anything at all’.

“It certainly is hard sometimes, especially when you’ve built up a rapport with the parents who’ve lost a baby.”

Alison McPhee: Why volunteering put everything in perspective

HONOUR: Belmont’s Alison McPhee, left, is named the Hunter Region’s Young Volunteer of the Year and overall winner in the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.
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RESILIENCE and courage.

They are the words that come to Alison McPhee’s mind when she reflects on the families of children who live with a disability.

The 21-year-old Belmont student was speaking after being named both the Hunter Region’s Young Volunteer Volunteer of the Year and overall winner at the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards, held last week, for her work with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Ms McPhee, a fourth-year physiotherapy student at the University of Newcastle,was recognised for her contribution to the n CP Check-Up research program.

The early intervention program allows medical professionals to monitor the condition of children with cerebral palsy, guarding against secondary complications such as dislocated hips, muscle contracturesand other spinal or joint problems.

In her nominationfor the award, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance said Ms McPheehad proved herself as showing “a knack with children, relaxing them with her smile and fun-loving nature”, which paid dividends for the program as children and their families are at ease with what can be a stressful time.

“It was a massive honour,” Ms McPhee said after receiving her awards.

“I never really expected to get any award out of it so it was very humbling.”

Ms McPhee said her two years volunteering with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance had taught her that families of children with a disability were among the community’s strongest members, calling them “inspirational”.

“I really enjoy working with kids and their families,” she said.

“I really value the people who I’ve worked with because they’ve been inspirational.

“The family’s resilience and courage to face every day while they’re going through so muchreally does make you stop and think about your own life.

“It puts everything in perspective.”

Ms McPhee encouraged others to appreciate those with a disability and stressed the importance of social inclusion.

“It’s important to understand that children with a disability are still children,” she said. “We should be supporting these families as much as we can, ensuring that children with a disability are included, living a normal life as much as they can and not pushed to the side.”

The NSW minister responsible for volunteering, David Elliot, thanked all volunteers for their contribution to the Hunter.

“The efforts ofvolunteershere today have, no doubt, greatly improved the lives of Hunter residents …[and] people whovolunteerare often happier, healthier and more connected to their communities,” he said.

Millers, Hodge pull off Newcastle plunge

Punters cheer on the horses at Newcastle on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollRELATED CONTENT: Saturday’s fashions of the field
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Newcastle gelding Grand Condor brought off a long-range plunge when he beat a quality field of sprinters in the 900-metre Hurricane Handicap on the second day of the Newcastle spring carnival on Saturday.

Trained on the Newcastle track by Steve Hodge, the nine-year-old was an $81 chance with corporate bookmakers on Friday night.Connections and stable followers snapped up the long odds and by race time the sprinter was a $31 chance in a very strong betting race.

Canberra apprentice Rachel Hunt, on loan from Warwick Farm trainer Mark de Montfort, made use of Grand Condor’s speed and he raced outside the leader, Aomen.

He took the lead in the straight and held off determined challenges from the Cessnock three-year-old Three Sheets ($5) and Wouldn’t It Be Nice ($8.50).

The win was a windfall for Central Newcastle rugby league coach Barney Miller and his son Lucas, who is racing manager for Kris Lees.

The Millers bred Grand Condor, but the gelding hadbeen leased, until Saturday, by the Newcastle-based From The Track syndicate.

He won seven races and $137,000 for the syndicate before the lease expired. The horse’s future was up in the air after he was seventh at Muswellbrook on August 6.

Miller has bought a property at Lochinvar, where he plans to retire Grand Condor, but he and his son have decided to keep the horse in training with close friend Hodge for the time being.

The trainer was over the moon on Saturday.

“He had not won a race for a long time, but he had been a good old horse for the syndicate before Barney and Lucas decided to race him themselves,” he said.

“I freshened him up for the Hurricane and he was very well weighted with 51kg on his back after Rachel’s 3kg claim.

“Lucas and I were confident and we did back him at the $81.”

The runner-up, Three Sheets, is trained by Jeremy Sylvester and part-owned, coincidentally, by newly appointed Cessnock Goannas coach Al Lantry.

The latter was coached by Miller in his days with the Cessnock club.

Three Sheets has been set for next month’s Jungle Juice Cup at Cessnock, and it was an impressive first-up run.

Nathan Perry, foreman for his father, Paul, revealed that Wouldn’t It Be Nice had run his last race after five wins and $557,000 in prizemoney.

Perry was the only other Newcastle trainer to taste success on Saturday. Surjin, the three-year-old son of Perry’s Golden Slipper winner Stratum, steamed home to win the 1400m maiden handicap by 1½lengths.

The colt put the writing on the wall on debut when third on the Beaumont track on September 5.

Sydney jockey Koby Jennings, who has been in great form at Newcastle, landed a double for two of ’s most successful stables.

He saluted on Seaglass for Peter and Paul Snowden in the 1200m class 1 handicap and brought odds-on favourite Newburgh from the tail of the field to win the 900m maiden plate for the Hawkes stable.

Port Stephens Council’s drainage case raises serious questions

NEWLY elected councillors, and probably many already in local government, could do worse than spend an hour or two reading the findings of a public inquiry in 2007 into Port Macquarie Council’s construction of its Glasshouse arts facility.
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The original plan was for the council to provide a site and $2.5 million, with a private company providing $4 million.

It all went pear-shaped. The inquiry, which led to the sacking of the elected representatives the following year, is more than 300 pages of excruciating evidence on how the project blew out to more than $40 million. Inquiry chair Frank Willan documentedhow a business project became an “aspirational project” for the council to build an “icon”.

The inquiry is most relevant to councillors today when it details how the project ran out of control. Lack of transparency, lack of accountability to the public which raised serious concerns almost from day one, and the concentration of decision-making, were key reasons.

The mayor, the deputy mayor and the general manager had early control, Mr Willan found. Councillors accepted, or did not challenge, advice that once a contract was let for the project it became an “operational” issue for council staff to deal with, rather than a responsibility of the council as a whole to keep a tight rein on.

Mr Willan’s report details how councillors remained largely unaware of a budget spiralling out of control and internal communication failures that allowed funding caps to be repeatedly breached. But councillors were sacked because they “failed to demand their right to accurate and complete information” about the Glasshouse and “failed to fulfil their role as elected persons”.

The buck stops with elected councillors, in other words.

A NSW Supreme Court judge on September 8 criticised Port Stephens Council andthe owner of the Nelson Bay Lagoons Estate over the running of a case where the issue is drainage and whether the council complied with a 2006 court decision.

The judge’s comments should be ringing alarm bells for councillors, particularly because it appears a court-appointed expert –agreed to by opposing parties –has produced a report that challenges the council’s case.

Millions of dollars are on the line and the signs aren’t good.

Issue: 38,600.

Free yoga session kicks off Living Smart Festival Speers Point on September 23

SUITED FOR ALL: Jen Parker, of Whole Living, says an outdoor yoga session at Speers Point Park as part of Lake Macquarie City Council’s Living Smart Festival this weekend will cater to allcomers. Picture: SuppliedA little bit of yogais something we could all benefit from, according to Jen Parker.
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Ms Parker is co-creator of Whole Living, a business which focuses on helping others livea life of meaning, purpose, intention and creation.

They will take part in Lake Macquarie City Council’s Living Smart Festival being held at Speers Point Park on September 23 between 8am and 2pm.

“We’ll be opening up with a beautiful yoga session for all ages,” Ms Parker told me.

“It’s just a really nice way to start the day. Anything like that which brings mindfulness to your day and allows you to connect with yourself is really important.”

She has seen the benefit in her own life from doing yoga each day and is keen to share the message with as many people in the community as possible.

The 8am session will cater to all ages and abilities and people can just turn up with or without their own mat.

“The session will go for about and hour and we’ll be hanging around after if anyone has any questions,” Ms Parker said.

“This is something that is suitable for children, elderly people, mums. We really encourage everyone to get involved. It’s going to be very gentle and more focused on your inner journey rather than the physical journey, about connecting with your breath and your body.

“Everyone thinks they’re busy and I definitely think I am too. I started doing yoga because I was busy. It’s really accessible and I just found it made everything seem easier in the day.

“You can do a couple of sun salutations and call it a wrap and really the benefit of that is quite profound.”

Whole Living will also be running some kids specific yoga sessions throughout the day as well as offering nutrition tips for the whole family.

“We’re really excited to be involved,” she said.

“We’re going through a series of different workshops through the day. We’ve got a couple of kids’ yoga sessions where we’ll teach the kids about breath and movement and stillness and how to combine them all, so it will be really interactive and suitable for all ages.

“We’ll also show people how easy it is to make your kids something that’s healthy and also delicious and nutritious. “

JUICE FOR HEALTHNaturopathPeter Mullen, from Mullen Natural Health Centre, is going to be offering some healthy food tips for spring.

This week he shared with me three reasons why juicing is your secret health weapon.

He told me it resets your metabolism, which in turncan kickstart fat loss.

It also reduces your appetite and can help clear your mind.

“Juicing helps to establish better portion control in the long-term and eliminates the pattern of comfort eating,” Mr Mullen said.

“Having a break from food is not just a physical reset, it’s also a mental one. Juicing helps you feel in control and makes the process of changing habits more achievable.”

Stay tuned for more tips through spring.

JUICE UP: Combine fresh fruit and vegetables for some delicious and nutritious juices with benefits for the whole family. Picture: Mullen Natural Health Centre

Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother. [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Toronto Tigers break 69-year baseball droughtphotos

Toronto Tigers break 69-year baseball drought TweetFacebook Toronto 25 Belmont 11, Newcastle Major League baseball grand finalPictures: Jonathan CarrollTORONTO broke their Newcastle Major League title drought in emphatic fashion on Saturday with a 25-11 mauling of Belmont at Waterboard Oval.
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The Tigers needed only seven innings to end Belmont’s run of nine straight titles and secure the club’s first top-grade crown after 69 years of trying.

“That was unbelievable. What a fantastic effort and I’m absolutely proud,” Toronto coach Justin Norman said.

Norman was among the first to rush onto the diamond when relief pitcher Thomas Holland touched first base to secure the final out as players and Tigers fans formed a jubilant pile in the infield.

It was the culmination of a dominant display from the Tigers. Toronto’s nine batters combined for 25 hits, adding to their score each inning to keep the game well out of the Seagulls’ reach.

“I knew our guys had plenty of hits in them, and it was just good that we just put it all together on the one day,” Norman said after the match.

“In grand finals in the past we haven’t put it together on that special day, but today was the day.”

Toronto had a 0-3 grand final record against Belmont, but Norman admitted he could sense in the lead-up to the game that it was going to be a different story this time.

“There was an air of calmness over the guys. They were very relaxed,” Norman said as players and fans celebrated around him.

“We had a good preparation during the week and then today we went about our business and got it done.”

The two sides traded runs early and were level at 7-7 after two digs.

But the Tigers blew the game wide open with seven runs in the bottom of the third, which featured a grand slam home run over right field to grand final MVP Moko Moanaroa.

“I said to the guys after the first two innings we’re doing a good job of keeping with them,but it’s time now to put the accelerator down, get in front and don’t look back,” Norman said.

“Obviously from the score line that’s what happened. We didn’t look back.We just kept rolling on.”

All of the Tigers big guns fired as the top five in the order drove in a collective 22 runs.

Moanaroa, brother Boss and Pat Maat were particularly damaging with five RBIs and four hits apiece.

“We hit well. We hit with runners in scoring position, which was good,” Norman said.

“It’s a big field, and we just didn’t try to keep hitting home runs. We knew that … good hits, one at a time was going to win us the game.”

Belmont coach Duane Harrison was full of praise for his opponents’ batting display and the efforts of Tigers starter Jason McAdam.

McAdam gave up 11 hits and four walks in almost seven innings of work before teenager Holland was brought in for the final out.

“Their pitcher threw very well and their top four or five hitters certainly did the job today,” Harrison said.

“We knew those blokes could hit, and once they started to hit we knew we were in for a bit of a tough afternoon.”

Harrison said the early exit of Belmont ace Tim Cox, who pulled up sore after the second inning and was replaced by Adam Blight in the third, was a decisive moment in the game.

“I think our pitcher coming off in the third inning was a pretty major thing for us,” he said.

“We were looking for him to go six or seven for us today, so for him to come off in the third was a big difference for us.”

The Belmont mentor admitted the weight of Belmont’s remarkable run of recent success, which includes qualifying for 27 straight grand finals, had taken its toll on him this season.

“The pressure for me this year was the 27 … just getting to the grand final,” he said.

“We’ve got a few going this year, so we’re going to have our work cut out for us to get the squad back up there.”

Toronto’s first hosting of grand final day got off to a dream start as the Tigers triumphed 16-0 over Belmont in second grade.

Koala survives 16km trip on underside of car wheel arch

Emergency services attended to the scene to rescue the koala from behind the truck tyre. Photo: SuppliedA koala has been released back into the wild after miraculously surviving a 16 kilometre trip clinging onto the underside of a car wheel arch.
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Jane Brister, a Koala Rescue Specialist at Fauna Rescue SA, was called to a suburb in Adelaide last week after a driver reported hearing “unusual sounds” and “crying” coming from his car.

The driver had driven from his home in the Adelaide Hills district to the city, a trip he estimated to be nearly 16 kilometres, according to Brister.

“Early in his journey, an oncoming driver flashed his lights at him, and so he thought there must be something wrong with his car,” Brister said. “But [when] he pulled over… he couldn’t find anything in the dark.”

Kelly the koala was trapped behind a tyre as the truck made a 15km trip through Adelaide Hills. Photo: Supplied

When he arrived in Adelaide, he heard “crying” coming from the car and soon spotted the small koala stuck under the hood of the wheel.

A local Metropolitan Fire Services crew attended the scene to help remove the wheel, and allow Brister to coax the koala out.

“[At first] I could really only see her face and one paw,” Brister said. “She was pinned behind the wheel, but fortunately not amongst the axle.

“It took a lot time and patience to get her out.”

Kelly the Koala was spotted peeking out from the underside of the truck when the driver reached his destination. Photo: Supplied

Since nearly 80 per cent of koala road trauma incidents are fatal, Brister said she had “expected the worst”.

She was relieved to find the traumatised koala had survived the incident with only some minor abrasions and “singed fur”.

“I just couldn’t imagine that if she had been in there for 16 kilometres she wouldn’t have serious injuries,” she said.

But sadly, examinations of the koala by a veterinarian revealed the koala had lost a joey.

“We continued a search for a couple of days, but haven’t found any evidence of the joey at all,” Brister said.

“It’s a very sad part of the story, as it was in addition to the trauma she must have gone through under the car.”

Kelly the koala miraculously survived a road trip clinging onto a car wheel in South . Photo: Supplied

Brister said it remains “a mystery” how the koala became stuck.

“We don’t know how she got in there,” Brister said.

“Koalas don’t normally crawl up into that spot [under the wheel], and the driver… did not feel he had hit anything.”

The koala, named Kelly – after one of the firefighters on duty on the night – was released on Friday into an area with “lots of eucalyptus trees”, after spending a week recuperating with the Fauna Rescue team.

“At the end of the day it’s just incredibly lucky she survived, and it was great to be able to send her home,” Brister said.

“She’s a very very lucky girl.”

The story,Kelly the koala makes daring 16km trip clinging onto a car’s wheel arch, first appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald.

Discharged from hospital, admitted to aged care: the story of hip fractures

Professor Jaqueline Close and hip fracture patient Rhonda Wilson. Photo: Louise KennerleyHip fracture patients face glaring gaps and huge variations in care that seriously impact their ability to recover and reclaim their independence, a major audit has found.
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Five per cent of patients who break a hip will die in hospital, and up to 25 per cent will die within the year as a direct result of their injury, a major audit of the n and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR) found.

More than one in 10 patients will be discharged from hospital only to be admitted to an aged care facility as a result of their hip fracture, according to the report released Friday by Neuroscience Research (NeuRA).

Half of hip fracture patients never fully regain their mobility, found the audit of 5178 hip fracture patients over 50 years old at 34 hospitals.

Hip fractures were devastating injuries for most patients orthogeriatrician Professor Jacqueline Close treats at Prince of Wales Hospital.

Professor Ian Harris said the priority for most older patients with hip fractures was to keep their autonomy. Photo: UNSW

“Most people never go back to their previous level of function. It hugely impacts their quality of life,” said Professor Close, an ANZHFR co-chair.

“One of the first things to go is your ability to go outdoors, for for physical but also psychological reasons,” she said.

Patients are more frail than they were prior to the fracture, and the fear for falling was a powerful deterrent.

Of the almost 3000 patients followed up 120 days after going to hospital, roughly one in five had gained back the mobility they had before their hip fracture.

Hip fractures are the most serious and costly injuries for falls among ns over 50, with the cost set to rise in step with the ageing population.

Professor Jaqueline Close, Professor Ian Harris and hip fracture patient Rhonda Wilson at Prince of Wales Hospital. Photo: Louise Kennerley

The number of hip fractures is expected to rise from 22,000 to more than 30,000 by 2022, costing an estimated $1126 million per year, according to a recentOsteoporosis burden of diseasereport.

The audit found wide variations in care between hospitals, from pain management strategies to how long patients waited for surgery and how quickly they were able to regain their mobility.

Roughly 50 per cent of hip fracture patients who came into hospital had already sustained a low-trauma fracture, yet only 20 per cent had been offered osteoporosis treatment, the audit found.

It was a monumental missed opportunity, Professor Close said.

“If we managed people who already had low-trauma fracture more efficiently we would make significant reduction to the rate of hip fracture in “, cutting fracture risk in the order of 30-60 per cent, Professor Close said.

” hasn’t woken up to this yet,” she said.

Just 16 per cent of hip fracture patients in receive osteoporosis treatment compared to 60 per cent in the United Kingdom, a recent UK audit showed.

The priority for most older patients with hip fractures was to keep their autonomy, said Sydney orthopaedic surgeon and registry co-chair Professor Ian Harris.

“They want to be in their own homes and they don’t want to be a burden to their families,” he said.

Improving all aspects of care, including access to a multidisciplinary team, appropriate treatment, timely surgery and rehabilitation and follow-up were integral to cutting the risk of loss of mobility and death, according to the report.

More than one in four patients were waiting longer than the recommended 48-hour window for surgery after fracture, and many were still waiting three days later, the audit found.

There were marked variations between operating room availability, Professor Harris said.

Sydney orthopaedic surgeon and registry co-chair Professor Ian Harris

And while the majority of hospitals now aimed to get patients out of bed and weight-bearing the day after surgery, a significant proportion of patients were still not given the opportunity to do so, Professor Harris said.

“It varies a lot between hospitals,” Professor Harris said; from two-thirds to 100 per cent of patients weight-bearing on their affected leg the day after surgery.

“The problem is patients aren’t always getting access to physiotherapy services.”

He hoped clinicians and hospitals would use the registry’s real-time data that benchmarked their performance to improve the way they managed patients with hip fractures.

“We’re also trying to create a voice for hip fracture patients. They have been neglected and not seen as a priority for a long time,” he said.

The story,Discharged from hospital, admitted to aged care:how hip fractures strip ns of independence, first appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald.