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Tough year but ‘Hair’ hopeful on home turf

Forbes Platypi captain / coach Heamani Lavaka admits it’s been a tough year for his troops in Central West Rugby Union’s Blowes Cup competition.
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But ‘Hair’ as he is widely known, is determined to give loyal supporters something to cheer about when his side hosts CSU Bathurst at Grinsted Oval this afternoon.

Both clubs’ first grade teams have struggled against more experienced rivals this season, but Hair says the Platypi will only improve as the relatively young squad matures.

Today is the last home game for the Platypi with an away game against Cowra to finish the season for all grades next Saturday.

“We want to finish at home on a high,” Hair said yesterday.

“[Today] is a must-win for us and the boys, the way they trained this week, they understand what they have to do to finish the season off the way we want.

“We want to play with a bit of respect for our supporters, because some of them are there every week and they know what it’s like to have a tough year too.”

Lavaka was pleased to announce that the Platypi would welcome back forward Jarrod Hall and back / half Josh Coulthurst today after both missed last week’s heavy loss to Dubbo.

“Jarrod’s our go-forward man in the team, and we’ll need him to be at his best [today] because we’ll need to play CSU in our forwards.”

The Platypi coach said CSU would use their quick and mobile backs to beat Forbes if they are given an opportunity to play expansive rugby.

While it hasn’t been an ideal first season for the coach, Hair said he would welcome another chance next year.

“It’s been a tough season and sometimes when you go through a tough time like that you want the season to be over, but for me, it’s not that way. I want to come back and see how we improve next year.”

Forbes forfeited colts last weekend but the Platypi will field three grades today, Hair said, with first grade to kick off about 3.15pm.

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Dragons lose Brisbane battle with Broncos 32-6

The St George Illawarra Dragons were defeated 32-6 by the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Friday. Picture: dragons南京夜网419论坛 NRL.St George Illawarra’s bidto reach the semi-finals is in their ownhands after they were convincingly beaten 32-6 by competition-leader BrisbaneBroncos on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
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The Dragons were down 16-0 at halftime and didn’t score until wingerJustin Hunt crossed for a try converted by five-eighth Gareth Widdopin the 69th minute.

The Dragons were seventh on 24 points entering the game and now havethree games to play before the finals against Penrith, Gold CoastTitans and Wests Tigers.

Halfback Benji Marshall was a late withdrawal with a torn hamstring fromlast week’s win against the New ZealandWarriors.

Second rower Jack de Belin started the match at halfback.

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett, who coached the Dragons between2009-2011, would have been pleased to down his former club inBrisbane.

The Dragons tried hard but were no match on the night against adefiant Brisbane defence.

The Broncos scored tries in the seventh, 19th and 32nd minutes in a dominant first half display.

The Dragons haven’t beaten Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium since 2009.

Brisbane, who lost their past two games, got back to theirmethodical approach in attack and brick-wall defence to frustrate theDragons.

Second-rower Tyson Frizell, fullback Josh Dugan and secondrower Joel Thompson never stopped trying.

Benji Marshall is expected to be fit for the Thursday, August 20round 24 clash against Penrith at WIN Stadium,Wollongong,at 7.45pm.

The Dragons lost Ben Creagh with a head knock and smashed nose and hedidn’t return in the second half.

Gareth Widdop said on ABC Radio after the match that Brisbane were toogood on the night and he was confident the Dragons will bounce back over the next three weeks and return to the winners list.

Dragons forward Trent Merrin told Channel Nine that the team needs to win every game to make the finals.

It will be Merrin’s final game at Wollongong as next year he is headed to Penrith Panthers; the Dragons’ opponentsnext Thursday.

Leader Man of the Match, Brisbane halfback Ben Hunt.

Brisbane 32 (Ben Hunt 2 tries, Jordan Kahu, Lachlan Maranta, Anthony Milford, Dale Copley tries, Corey Parker 3 goals, Anthony Milford onegoal) defeated St George Illawarra 6 ( Justin Hunt try, Gareth Widdopone goal ) Crowd: 33, 840.

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Cold doesn’t deter locals from seeing Bash

Cold doesn’t deter locals from seeing Bash PEACE: The hippy van brought some tunes to the CBD as it drove down main street. (bashintown5)
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WELCOME TO YOUNG! Variety Bashers on Wednesday received a cute welcome from Amy Ramsay, Calais Muller (2), Teigan Griffiths, Cooper Martin (1), Nairvana Griffiths (2) and Ruby Griffiths (6) as they passed through town. (bashintown16)

There were also leopard print, Pink Panther and tiger-strapped-to-the-roof vehicles.

PRINCESS PRESENT: Bashers were in the presence of royalty – four-year-old Kay Dee – as they convoyed down the main street. (bashintown7)

There were also leopard print, Pink Panther and tiger-strapped-to-the-roof vehicles.

There were also leopard print, Pink Panther and tiger-strapped-to-the-roof vehicles.

ALL SIZES: The 25th Variety Bash vehicles came in all shapes and sizes, including a limo! (bashintown11)

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Grand gesture: anonymous donation fast-tracks cancer trials

SAVING LIVES: Cancer Care Western NSW fundraising committee chair Jan Savage, oncologist Dr Rob Zielinski and Orange mayor John Davis at yesterday’s announcement. Photo JUDE KEOGH 0814carewest4THERE were cheers and tears at Orange hospital yesterday when it was announced cancer trials in Orange would be fast-tracked, following an anonymous donation of $100,000 and a grant of $150,000 from Cancer Care Western NSW.
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The extra funding means more than 70 patients can be placed in trials 18 months ahead of the scheduled trial start date.

Dr Rob Zielinski, who is leading the new cancer trials at the hospital, says he feels humbled by the generous financial support.

“For every $10,000 we receive it means another four patients can be put into trials,” he said.

Dr Zielinski said the first major trial Orange had secured would start towards the end of the year, far ahead of schedule.

“We will use new immunotherapy drugs for stage four incurable cancer patients,” he said.

Making the surprise announcement yesterday while handing over another cheque for $150,000 from Cancer Care Western NSW, fundraising chair Jan Savage said the anonymous $100,000 donation came as a complete shock.

“This person is just incredibly charitable and this is a generous gesture by someone who is full of humanity,” she said.

“This person really cares about the people who come into this hospital to have their treatment and they hope that by providing this income of $100,000 they will be able to see the cancer trials expand here at the hospital and services continue to grow,” she said.

Among those at the announcement, were cancer survivors who were put on a limited trial last year when seed funding was provided.

Both were diagnosed with incurable cancer.

“The simple fact is I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Rob [Dr Zelinski] putting me on the trial,” Don Wheeler said.

Fellow patient Stephen Jones, who has also had an improved outcome from being on a trial, said he was encouraged to take part.

“Dr Zelinski really wanted me to be part of it and I owe it all to him,” he said.

Before being placed on an Orange-based trial Mr Wheeler had travelled 37,000 kilometres to access cancer treatment in Sydney.

Orange mayor John Davis, who is also the Cancer Care Western NSW patron, says Orange’s fundraising success for the cancer trials in such a short period of time builds on the community’s previous generosity to raise funds to build the Western Care Lodge accommodation service.

“Our challenge now is how far we can keep going with this,” he said.

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Firefighters forced to break into car to fight fire at Kardinya home

Firefighters battle the blaze in Kardinya. Firefighters battle the blaze in Kardinya.
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Firefighters had to break into a car on the driveway of a Kardinya home to move it and fight the fire engulfing the home’s roof and garage.

A DFES spokeswoman said four fire trucks from Murdoch and Fremantle rushed to the blaze on Petterson Avenue, at the intersection of McCombe Street, after an emergency call about 12.15pm, when an onlooker saw a big plume of smoke.

The spokeswoman said firefighters had to force their way into the car on the driveway so they could move it and get the fire under control, which they did by about 1.15pm.

They then searched the home to make sure no one was inside.

The fire is not yet fully extinguished, so any estimate on damage is not yet available.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Private hunting parks to be considered by NSW parliament

Shooters party members Robert Borsak and Robert Brown want private hunting reserves to be permissable in NSW. Photo: Steven SiewertA bill to allow private hunting reserves – or game parks – in NSW will be debated in state parliament after the Shooters and Fishers Party succeeded in getting the issue on the agenda.
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Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Brown said his bill would amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and other acts to repeal the current ban on private game reserves to hunt animals and trap shooting of birds.

The government says the bill will be considered by cabinet “in line with standard practice”.

But Mr Brown has rejected suggestions by the Greens that the move is part of a deal with the government after the Shooters and Fishers helped defeat a bill that would have banned coal seam gas in parts of the state.

“There is no deal”, he said.

Mr Brown said game parks are legal in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory, but not the ACT.

The fact that NSW has had a ban in place since the late 1980s is anti-competitive, he said.

“It is a fairly valuable industry for rural areas,” Mr Brown said.

Mr Brown said he expected that if the ban was lifted the initial industry would be for game birds such as ducks, quail and pheasant because they were low cost and did not require modification to the property, such as fences.

Game reserves for the hunting of other animals such as deer, pigs and foxes would emerge “in time”.

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said the party was concerned the government had agreed to support the game parks bill “in return for their vote against the bill that would have established a moratorium on coal seam gas and bans in certain areas of NSW”.

The Greens bill was defeated 19 votes to 16 in the upper house on Thursday, with Shooters and Fishers Party support.

But Mr Brown, who won the right to have a private members’ bill considered following random draw in the upper house, said the decisions to vote against the CSG bill and put forward his game park bill were “coincidental”.

Greens MP David Shoebridge said: “The very idea of game parks, where well-armed hunters pay to kills animals that simply can’t get away is not only deeply sad, it’s offensive,”

A spokesman for Premier Mike Baird said cabinet and the joint party room “will approve a government position on this private member’s bill before it is considered by the Parliament.”

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Wharfies temporarily win back jobs but greeted by security staff

Sacked Hutchison Ports workers have been granted an injunction by the Federal Court, but a security cordon remained at the Sydney work site on Friday. Photo: Jorge BrancoHutchison Ports workers who temporarily won their jobs back on Thursday night after being sacked by text message the previous week say they were confronted by security staff when they returned to the Port Botany work site on Friday morning.
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The 97 workers in Sydney and Brisbane who were sacked overnight on Thursday last week won their jobs back until August 31, after the Federal Court granted a temporary injunction against the company.

But when they returned to work at 6am on Friday, those in Sydney said they were confronted by security staff at Port Botany. Workers in Brisbane were not prevented from returning.

Sydney staff returned for the start of the 2pm shift, but the Maritime Union of Australia said three were excluded because they were among the 97 who were sacked.

The union and company lawyers met in the Fair Work Commission again later in the afternoon in response to the company’s request for a return to work order for staff who have been taking part in a picket line in solidarity with their sacked colleagues.

The Federal Court Justice Darryl Rangiah​ issued a temporary injunction on Thursday night restraining Hutchison Ports Australia from sacking the 97 workers until August 31, when the case is due to return to the Federal Court.

Maritime Union of Australia national secretary Paddy Crumlin, who addressed staff at Port Botany on Friday, said a functional relationship between workers and the company needed to be re-established.

“And to have that, we don’t need the sophistry of the legals,” Mr Crumlin said.

“We were here at 6 o’clock. There was no one here greeting them from the company.

“They still had the cordon of the security.”

Mr Crumlin said his members “honestly want to go back to work”.

“These are the people that have been ripped out of the heart of their workforce.

“And if you don’t have work you haven’t got a life, you can’t educate your kids.”

The MUA has accused the company of deliberately sacking its members as part of a “union busting” strategy.

Hutchison Ports Australia has refused to comment.

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New water rules for river

Hindmarsh Shire has proposed new Wimmera River operating rules.HINDMARSH Shire Council has proposed new waterway rules for the Wimmera River in a bid to protect banks.
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New rules for Dimboola and Jeparit will determine operating times and restrict boat sizes.

Hindmarsh chief executive Tony Doyle said council was concerned about at the state of the river banks.

“We have a number ofskiing areas along the Wimmera River, we wanted to introduce a measure to try to protect the banks,” he said.

“Ultimately we want to reduce the rate of erosion caused by boats,” he said.

At bothDimboola and Jeparit, boats cannot be longer than 6.4 metres.

Towed sports will be prohibited between 6pm and 10am in November andApril and between sunset and sunrise from December to March.

Mr Doyle said passengers would berestricted to onlyfour people for each boat, whenever the boatis towing.

Children less than 12 years old will be counted as half a person.

Mr Doyle said the river was a major tourist attraction and a hub for activities such a water skiing, wake boarding, swimming and fishing.

“Council recognises there are some major issues associated with the effects of excessive wake on the river banks,” he said.

“The effect of the wake has caused tree and river bank erosion.

“Council believe that by limiting excessive wakes and introducing operating times, environmental damage can be minimised.”

Boats must not exceed 40 knots an hour when towing a barefoot skier and 31 knots an hour when towing a skier,wake boarder or any other towed device.

People cannot operate the vessel in a way that causes an excessive wake or bow wave.

Any water skier or wake boarder being towed shall swim to the right bank whenever they lose the tow rope and make themselves obvious to any approaching boats.

My Doyle said council had worked with the community to put together the proposed rules.

“The Dimboola Boat and Water Ski Club has been very involved throughout the whole process,” he said.

“They are one of the groups that raised the issue about the state of the river bank in the first instance.

“They are working as hard as anyone else to make sure the banks are preserved.”

The community can make submissions on theproposed rules.

“People have been actively submitting feedback and we are pleased with the level of interest so far,” Mr Doyle said.

He said the rules were designed to minimise risk and reduce environmental effects, without compromising water activities.

Council will accept written submissions untilFriday.

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Melbourne apartment towers turned into ‘shoddy hotels’

“Makeshift” hotel operations are taking hold of Melbourne’s residential towers, which are increasingly swamped with cleaners and tourists.
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In one case, a reception desk was installed in a CBD building to manage the continual stream of holidaymakers checking in and out of short-stay apartments.

Permanent residents say it is like living in a “shoddy” hotel. They report being racially abused or sexually harassed by revolving groups of visitors, who often use the apartments as a “party pad”.

It is estimated there are 3315 rooms in Melbourne being hired out in buildings not necessarily designed to be hotels.

An independent state government panel recently found some short-stay occupants in the CBD were responsible for dropping items off balconies and urinating, vomiting and being naked in common areas.

It also reported that the use of apartments for short stays could be causing buildings to be occupied by more people than they were designed for.

President of the Owners Corporation Network Victoria, Roger Gardner, said it only took a relatively small number of short-stay apartments to make a residential building feel like a hotel.

“From the perspective of permanent residents it’s a disaster and it’s getting worse,” he said.

But owners’ corporations have no powers to ban short stays, according to a ruling last month by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

At the Aura on Flinders building, there are more than 90 short-stay apartments. This year the serviced apartment provider installed a reception desk in the lobby area of the residential tower near the Melbourne Aquarium.

Sam Wilde has been living with her partner at Aura on Flinders for 18 months. She said she discovered dried vomit “and other indiscernible fluids” sprayed on the elevator floors and walls on more than one occasion.

Ms Wilde said the lifts were often congested, due to travellers and cleaners ferrying their trolleys from floor to floor. “On one particularly memorable occasion it took me nearly 20 minutes to travel from the lobby to my 20th-floor apartment,” she said.

Another night Ms Wilde said three men “all over six foot” had followed her to her apartment door, asking her “sexually-related questions”.

Other residents who spoke to The Saturday Age said permanent tenants had moved out because they disliked living alongside dozens of serviced apartments, only to have the newly-vacated apartments turned into more short stays.

“It’s like a cancer in the building,” said one tenant, who did not want to be identified.

It is understood the 90-plus serviced apartments are managed by the same company, Aura on Flinders, which is linked to Acacia Global Trading. The company did not respond to requests for comment.

Rooms were available at the building this weekend from as little as $129 a night, through popular booking companies including Wotif, Booking南京夜网 and Expedia.

Residents complained that the cheaper prices sometimes attracted large groups of teenagers throwing parties.

Before being elected last year, the Victorian Labor government pledged to improve the regulation of CBD residential buildings “so property is protected from unruly ‘short-stay’ parties”.

However, the independent panel established by the government rejected most solutions it discussed, including banning short-stay units in residential buildings.

The government is considering the panel’s recommendation to make short-stay accommodation providers responsible “to a limited extent” for parties in the apartments they let.

Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett said the government was “working to introduce a commonsense, long-term solution to this problem that fosters tourism but also protects neighbouring residents.”

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Country councils hit out over Victorian government flood works funding proposals

The morning after: Charlton’s historic Rex Theatre stands in flood waters in September 2010. Photo: Justin McManus A regional council has delivered a spray to the Andrews government over funding responsibilities, urging it not to lump the costs of flood mitigation works on to regional ratepayers.
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The criticism from the mayor of Bendigo, Peter Cox, comes as the state government maintains support for its cap on council rate rises, a measure that would restrict the ability of councils to raise revenue.

And the mayor of the small country shire of Buloke, Reid Mather, has warned that a new proposal – under which flood mitigation infrastructure costs would be split equally between the three tiers of government – was “unsustainable” for the Buloke community.

“We don’t have the capacity to raise a third, nor would we have the capacity to do ongoing maintenance. And I guess that would see our community miss out,” Cr Mather said.

“The structural funding that comes from state and federal governments to small rural councils is just inadequate for them to take on any significant infrastructure costs going forward,” he said.

The Buloke town of Charlton was severely hit by the January 2011 floods, with significant water through businesses and houses, causing at least tens of millions of dollars in damage.

Bendigo’s Cr Cox was commenting on a proposed strategy for dealing with flood plain management recently released by the state environment and water department. “It is nonsensical to be on the one hand demanding a rate cap while on the other proposing to shift significant costs onto local government. The council urges the government to reconsider,” he said.

Cr Cox said he was “an advocate for lower council rates” and supported the Andrews government’s rates cap policy. “So I am pretty disappointed that the state government is considering asking local government to take on extra cost burdens at this time. It is not fair and it risks alienating the very people who have been supporting the government’s drive to keep costs down,” he said.

The proposed rules could potentially cost his council “millions of dollars”, he said. Bendigo has about 12 kilometres of levee bank on the east side of Bendigo Creek. Cr Cox believes the levee, built 100 or so years ago, was funded by the state.

The flood plain report proposes that regional councils equally share the cost of “new and existing regional urban flood mitigation infrastructure” with the state and federal governments. Councils would then need to manage the infrastructure.

Currently, it is not mandatory for regional councils to pay for such infrastructure, and opinions vary on who is responsible for it.

The Age understands that there are very old levee banks that were funded by the state, private contributors and in some cases councils. And there are modern examples of country councils contributing towards the cost of town levee banks.

A spokeswoman for Environment Minister Lisa Neville said that it was historical practice in Victoria for the different tiers of government to share the costs of flood protection.

“The Victorian government is committed to working with the Commonwealth, the City of Greater Bendigo and the wider community to achieve the best outcome for flood mitigation and the Bendigo levee,” she said.

“The Victorian flood strategy was reopened by the Victorian government for further consideration. Council are welcome to provide input into this process. The government recently provided $250,000 to the City of Greater Bendigo to undertake a study into upgrading Bendigo’s levee,” she said.

The flood plain report warned that the “floods of 2010-12 revealed serious deficiencies in the management arrangements for flood mitigation infrastructure outside Melbourne”. The report also said that about 900 kilometres of rural levees situated on Crown land were “not currently being maintained.”

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton owes Greens Senator

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Political hatchet jobs don’t get much nastier, or undignified, or unqualified, than the one Peter Dutton attempted on Gillian Triggs and Sarah Hanson-Young last Friday. Or more baseless.

This was how I began a column in June after the Immigration Minister launched a scathing attack on the president of the Human Rights Commission and the Greens senator from South Australia.

In both cases, the minister went off half-cocked and was wrong. In the case of Professor Triggs, he claimed she had made “outrageous” and “unfounded statements” linking the execution of two Australians in Bali to the government’s success in stopping the boats. In fact, she had done no such thing.

In the case of Senator Hanson-Young, he was responding to a report in Fairfax Media that she had been the target of secret surveillance operation during a visit to the Australian-run detention centre on Nauru.

A former security guard had outlined the alleged operation, code-named Raven, in a submission to a Senate inquiry and Wilson Security – the company contracted to guard the detainees – had confirmed that “individuals” had been disciplined for “acting beyond their brief”.

When Mr Dutton was asked to comment, he described the story as “complete nonsense”, branding Hanson-Young “an embarrassment to our country”.

“I challenge the media, frankly, to go back and look at some of the claims that Senator Hanson-Young’s made over the last couple of years and look at what’s been substantiated,” he added. “Most of it is attention seeking. Ultimately, in the end, she’s wrong and that’s, I think, more of a reflection on her than anybody else.”

It was Senator Hanson-Young who went public with allegations of sexual abuse by security guards at the Nauru centre last year that led to the Moss inquiry that reported in March.

It found evidence of rape inside the centre, sexual assault of minors and guards trading marijuana for sexual favours from female detainees, vindicating Senator Hanson-Young.

Now, it has been alleged that the covert spying on Senator Hanson-Young on Nauru was far more extensive that initially reported, continuing throughout her three-day visit and including filming her in her hotel room.

The allegations should be thoroughly investigated and the minister should deliver the senator a belated apology. But don’t hold your breath.

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Hundreds of deaths in Victorian hospitals could have been prevented, audit finds

In 2013-14, just under 2000 people died who had surgery. Most were elderly with pre-existing health conditions.Hundreds of patient deaths in Victorian hospitals over the last seven years could have been avoided, an audit has revealed.
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Some of the problems that may have contributed to the deaths include ambulance delays to transfer patients to a more appropriate hospital, a shortage of intensive care unit beds to care for them after surgery, and poor decision making by staff.

The most recent Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality has found that about 0.3 per cent of people having surgery in public and private hospitals died either during the procedure or within 30 days of leaving hospital after it.

In 2013-14, this equated to 1,924 patients out of the 663,768 who had surgery. The deaths were primarily among elderly patients with an average age of 79 and most had pre-existing health conditions.

Clinical director of the audit Barry Beiles said while the death rate had dropped from 0.4 per cent in 2007, the most recent review identified a range of areas for improvement.

When surgeons looked closely at 4,905 deaths between 2007 and 2014, he said they found nine per cent or 462 involved “areas of concern”, and six per cent or 288 involved “adverse events”.

An adverse event is an unintended injury that was caused by the medical management of the patient such as a blood vessel that was cut when it should not be.

In 20 per cent or 997 cases, the clinical management issue may have contributed to the death and in five per cent or 248 cases, it probably contributed to their death.

The audit found that six per cent or 292 of the clinical management issues identified were definitely preventable; 13 per cent or 641 were probably preventable; and one per cent or 72 were definitely not preventable.

Mr Beiles, a vascular surgeon, said while death rates and clinical management issues had decreased over the course of the seven-year audit, and no surgeons stood out as bad performers, the report highlighted some ongoing problems.

These included delayed diagnosis for patients; delayed ambulance transfers to more appropriate hospitals particularly for patients in rural areas; communication breakdowns between health professionals and a shortage of intensive care beds when patients need critical care.

Furthermore, in some cases, not enough was being done to prevent deep vein thromboembolism (DVT) for patients before surgery.

Mr Beiles said the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons was working with Victorian surgeons, the department of health and hospitals to address these issues.

“I think people should be reassured that an extremely low percentage of people having an operation in Victoria will actually die,” he said.

Mr Beiles said assessments of deaths that identified clinical management issues were sent back to treating surgeons so they could learn and improve their care.

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MISSING: Have you seen Alfred Cloudis?

Police hold serious concerns for the welfare of Mr Cloudis as he suffers from a medical condition and may not be able to find his way home.
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Police are seeking public assistance to help locate a man missing from Lidcombe since yesterday morning.

Alfred Cloudis, 71, was last seen at his homeon Gallipoli Street, Lidcombe, about 9.30am yesterday (Thursday).

At the time he informed his wife he was going to a bank and council chambers in Auburn.

Police from Flemington Local Area Command were notified after he hadn’t come home in the afternoon.

Following investigations, officersfound Mr Cloudis’ car —a white Ford Courier, with registration plates AE33NC —on Station Road, Auburn, last night.

It appears Mr Cloudis did go toa bank on Auburn Road, Auburn, yesterday where he withdrew money. But it seems he didn’tmake it to the council.

Police hold serious concerns for the welfare of Mr Cloudis as he suffers from a medical condition and may not be able to find his way home.

He is described as Indian Sub-Continental in appearance, with a dark complexion, 170cm to 180cm tall, of medium build, and black balding hair.

He was last seen wearing a zip-up jumper, grey tracksuit pants, and a white leather wide brimmed hat.

Police are urging anyone with information, or anyone who knows the whereabouts or movements of Mr Cloudis, to contact Auburn Police on (02) 9646 8699 or via Crime Stoppers.

Anyone withinformation is urgedto call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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