Trish Doyle rallies for registered nurses in aged care homes

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MP for Blue Mountains, Trish Doyle, pictured with deputy opposition leader Linda Burney, led a parliamentary debate on keeping registered nurses in aged care homes 24/7.Blue Mountains MP Trish Doyle has rallied for registered nurses during a debate in Parliament last week.
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Ms Doyle called on the Liberal government to enshrine in law the requirement for aged care facilities and nursing homes to roster registered nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week in every NSW facility.

Ms Doyle said she had been fighting alongside the nurses for a number of years and “it isn’t over”, handing over a petition with more than 27,000 names to the parliament in June.

“I will not let up on this until the Health Minister can guarantee aged care residents will receive quality, round the clock care from a registered nurse.”

But Health Minister Jillian Skinner told the Gazette “no decision has been made by the NSW government to change the legislative requirement for registered nurses in nursing homes” and an inquiry wasn’t expected to report back until the end of next month”.

Nursing activists from the Mountains including Shirley Ross-Shuley, Jocelyn Hoffman, Annette Peters, Peter Buckney and Louise Stammers were in the gallery to hear the debate.

They had earlier campaigned in a rally outside Macquarie Street.

Debate on the issue in the legislative assembly was not extended as government members refused leave to allow those on the speaking list to contribute to the discussion, Ms Doyle said.

“The Baird government wants to tell us on the one hand that they support nursing staff and patients, but when it came to the crunch they used procedural rules in the legislative chamber to guillotine the debate while Labor MPs were on their feet ready to speak to the issue,” she said.

“Just because the Baird government’s prepared to gag debate does not mean that this issue will go away. The sheer number of signatories to the petition is testimony to the importance of this issue in the public’s view.

However Mrs Skinner said the debate “was conducted under standing orders – two Labor MPs spoke, as did two Liberal MPs and one Greens MP”.

The Legislative Council is conducting an inquiry into registered nurses in NSW nursing homes with a final report due on October 30.

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B Grade Player profiles

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A Grade Captain Coach and resident rugby reporter Matt Bell tells you everything you need to know about the Emus BGrade team set to take on the Condamine Cods in the Grand Final this weekend.
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B Grade Player profiles Mick Maher (C) Age – 32Occupation – Parts Manager at Blacks/Brock Lawless’s MentorMoo Maher has leadership skills i would happily take to a war zone. Damaging runner and just as brutal in defence.

Brett Corish Age – 37Occupation – Tractor Driver My fitness is a leader among leaders in this side. Looks great in lycra in the off season.

Doug McDougal Age – 34Occupation – One of those Chemical Blokes Dougy is another who has put everything into this year and showing the young guys how it’s done.

Rob Anderson Age – 34Occupation – Banker The ever reliable Shepp has defied his body and kept pushing himself to play on to help the club wherever he can.

Harry Webster Age – 26Occupation – FarmerHe is lean and wirey but don’t let that fool you, he gives as anyone and has stepped up and played a handful of A grade games this year.

Jeremy Beeston Age – 24Occupation – Brett Corish’s Apprentice Tractor DriverBeesty thought he was a half back, this year he’s been Mr Fix-it playing anywhere in the back line. He’s relishing playing on the side of the scrum as opposed to feeding the scrum.

Ben Dillon Age – 20 Occupation – Apprentice Grease Monkey Dillo is just starting to step out of the shadows of his old man. He’s stepped up and hasn’t looked out of place in A Grade this year.

Tim Cuthbert Age – 35Occupation – Pretends to be a FarmerTimmy loves this time of year, he actually comes to training. Rocks or diamonds, you never know what you’re going to get.

David Wild Age – 36Occupation – Another Chemical Bloke Wildy still possesses his big boot and his vision is an asset to the side.

Brock Lawless Age – 33Occupation – Head Monkey at Black’sBrocky really steers the side around at halfback on one leg.

Andrew Woods Age – 43Occupation – Truck Driver The “Grain Train” is everybody’s favourite. Everyone wants to play with Woodsey. Still possesses one of the best in and away’s the game has seen.

Pierce Saunders Age – 29Occupation – Sparky Coming back from injury, he will be a great addition to the side this weekend. Bring a wealth of experience.

Terry Gleeson Age – 40+ Occupation – Teacher Experience; no more to be said. His kicking game has got his side out of trouble many a time. Watch out for the “show and go”.

Dom O’Connor Age – 28Occupation – Used Tractor Salesman Enigmatic this season, hardly been sighted at training. But still brings his A Game.

Ben Todd Age – 31Occupation – Agronomist Toddy has led from the front, steering the pack around but most of the time tearing in and doing the hard yards. Still has a sweet pass.

Andrew McPherson Age – 37Occupation – Another Chemical BlokeFleabane can control and dominate a game, can be toxic to the opposition. Still a player to watch in these big games.

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Central keeps SGL premiership dream alive

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Clayton Crabbe is soiled in the contest by his West Augusta opponent Fraser Sinkinson.CENTRAL Augusta booked a place in the SGL A grade grand final with a tough 14-point win over West Augusta at Central Oval last weekend.
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In warm conditions the Bloods held a slight lead at every change and held off a determined Hawks team to take the victory.

Neither side took the advantage early, with the even contest providing plenty of stoppages.

The Bloods’ Geoff Appleton started well then got forward and kicked the first goal of the match.

Centrals took a two-goal lead as Jared Reid made himself dangerous, but it didn’t last long as the Hawks quickly hit back.

They kicked two goals, one to Michael Curley and one to key forward Hayden Warren.

Madigan medallist Nic Collins was quiet in the first term as Dylan Baker gave him no space.

Blood Kristopher Crabbe kicked truly from a set shot to give Centrals a six-point lead late in the quarter as his side looked to take the ascendency.

Centrals kicked three early goals during the second term and looked like the much stronger team.

That was until halfway into the term when West surged back into the game.

The Hawks showed grit as they kicked the next three goals against the momentum, with Jordan Warren doing the damage with two terrific goals.

Central’s ruckman Clayton Crabbe kicked a goal late in the quarter giving gave the Bloods back a two-goal lead at halftime.

The Hawks made some positional changes and played excellent football after the main break.

Ray Hayes put Hayden Warren into the midfield, Jordan Warren at full forward and Curley tagged Appleton making an instant impact on the game.

Collins got running and broke free from his tag and gather numerous influential possessions and Jordan Warren, Justin Nunn and Joe Packard.

The changes provided a spark that saw West kick six goals for the quarter.

Unfortunately for West though, the Bloods’ Aaron Parsons played an unbelievable third quarter to keep the Hawks from running away with the game.

Parsons made the most of his chances and kicked three vital goals.

Centrals Clayton Crabbe kicked a second and Nic Callary launched long goal late in the quarter to give Centrals a five-point lead with one quarter remaining.

The last quarter was tense and entertaining.

West moved the ball forward quickly early in the quarter allowing Hayden Warren to soccer the ball through on the goal line to even the scores.

The next 10 minutes saw both clubs struggle to get the ball forward, before Appleton again stepped up for Centrals.

He got his hands on the ball and kicked truly from a set shot 30-metres out to give the Bloods a 10-point lead.

With time winding down in the quarter Kristopher Crabbe marked the ball 35-metres out from goal on a very tough angle.

He went back and kicked a magnificent goal.

West didn’t give up but couldn’t kick another goal in the match.

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A new weapon against swooping magpies

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A new app has been designed to warn pedestrians of where they may be vulnerable to swooping Magpies in the local area.SPRING has arrived and with it protective and vicious magpies.
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Everyone has their own tale of getting swooped but one man decided to do something about it.

A couple of years ago after getting swooped while riding his bike, Jon Clark got home and started searching the internet for information and perhaps somewhere to register the attack.

“I found a number of websites, mostly local government sites warning about magpies,” he said.

“I then came across the odd cycling club website with magpie swoops recorded, but nothing in my area and nothing across Australia.”

Magpie alert was born as a place where anyone across Australia can come and register their swoops to pre-warn others.

Users have reported more than 1500 attacks, with 198 resulting in injuries across Australia so far this year.

“This social website will allow you to track aggressive magpies in your area,” Mr Clark said.

“You can record an attack using Google Maps and warn others in your area.

“We will also publish your advice and experiences.”

Port Pirie and Whyalla have already got a couple of swoopings reported online.

As well as reporting where and how vicious the magpies in your area are, the website also has a collection of articles and stories about being swooped and prevention tips submitted by users.

The website has been given a makeover this year to make it more mobile friendly and with a responsive design.

“We don’t hate the birds we just don’t like them pecking us,” Mr Clark said.

To start reporting your magpie attacks sign up with to the website (magpiealert南京夜网) using Facebook, twitter or google accounts.

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