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Call to recognise suicide as a national emergency

28/10/2018 | 南京夜网梧桐 | Permalink

MILLIONS of dollars may be spent on reducing the national road toll, but almost three times as manypeople dieby suicide than on the roads.
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Just this month alone, about 2000 crisis calls will be answered by Lifeline Central West volunteers in Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo.

Nationally, around one millioncalls from people in a crisis will be made to Lifeline.

Bathurst womanStephanie Robinson is among those on the front line answering those calls.

Calls can be from people who are lonely, depressed, suffering from anxiety, amid a personal crisis, victims of abuse, andsometimes, they are from people who are suicidal.

Working as the Lifeline Central West crisis support services manager, Ms Robinson knows first hand how vital it is to have someone available to answer Lifeline’s 13 11 14 number 24 hours a day, seven-days-a-week.

Our friends @headspace_aus have put together some excellent info on how dads and sons can connect #stopsuicidehttps://t.co/2u3EMfYt1X

— Lifeline (@LifelineAust) June 13, 2017I think our lives are too complex – financial pressures, pressures to be better, the goal posts keep moving for people.

Lifeline Central West crisis support manager Stephanie Robinson

“Help seekers range from being young people right up to the elderly and they’re all from different backgrounds.”

Ms Robinson said changes in society, and especially technology, have had an impact on the mental health of the community.

“I think our lives are too complex –financial pressures, pressures to be better, the goal posts keep moving for people,” she said.

“In a way we’re more isolated than ever before, but in a way we’re more connected,” she said.

Lifeline’s nextApplied Suicide Intervention Skills Training(ASIST) course commences on July 1, and she has urged anyone in Bathurst, Orange or Dubbo to attend.

Training is available for people who would like to volunteer as a Lifeline crisis support worker, and also those keen to learn suicide prevention skills.Call 1300 798 258 to find out about the ASIST training.

Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for help in a crisis.Western Advocate

From everything he ever wanted, to living off $20 a week

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Left behind: A middle-class Riverina man had the world at his feet until a freak accident and storm of bad luck left him destitute, alone, jobless and depressed, relying on charities to keep him alive. Picture: Kieren L Tilly John had everything he ever wanted –a good job, a good income and a loving family. Now he lives off $20 a week.
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His harrowingstory follows a concerning rise in families struggling financially across the Riverina, Wagga’s charity leaders say.

The 47-year-old –who could not be identified for legal reasons –lost everything when a car crash in 2016 left him unable to work.

The Riverina father was working as an engineer, on a wage higher than $200,000 when a negligent driver crashed into his car on the drive to work.

A storm of bad luck followed.

In a cruel twist, he discovered legislation had changed so he was no longer eligible for compensation on the work commute and he could notmake a claim on his income insurance until his sick leave ended.

While deemed medically unfit to work, John was unable to claimuntil his redundancy package dried up.

The catch: He could not afford to maintain the premiums during this time and had to cancel the policy.

Depression then broke John’s family apart. Now he rarely sees hisdaughters.

“I lost everything,” he said.“You name it, I lost it.”

John said he couldn’t apply for the disability pension while his third-party insurance claim was being processed, which his solicitor saidcould take years.

After a long battle with Centrelink, the 47-year-old was granted a small income that leaves him with $40 a fortnight,butthe human services departmenthave since lost his medical records and cut his payments.

With large debts owing to medicare, lawyers, Centrelink andchild support to pay, Johnstruggles to afford foodandrelies on the charity of St Vincent de Paul to live and the support of Centacare.

John never thought he’d be in this position.

“I’ve done everything right and this is the way it all falls apart,” he said.

“I now understand how people can become homeless.”

He saidAustralians were lucky to receive help but he didn’t think it was fair charities or the government should pay for a flawed bureaucratic system.

“It’s hard to accept help and ask for help,” John said.

“I’m embarrassed, I’m ashamed, I feel like there’s something I could have done.”

Centacare chief executive Paul Jensen said more and more middle-class Australians were doing it tough and needing help.

Mr Jensen said the majority of residents didn’t like asking for aid and only did so asa“last hope”and“last resort”.

“They’re sleeping rough, living day to day, paycheck to paycheck and struggling to make ends meet,” Mr Jensen said.

“The growing socio-economicinequality gap is backed by data.”

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Kids with diabetes ‘need to know they’re normal’Video

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Type 1 diabetic Ruby Howe, 11, and her mum Linda.Two years ago, Launceston’s Ruby Howe found herself in hospital with dangerously high blood sugar levels after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
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The potentially life-threatening disease affects about 300 children in Tasmania.

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— Carly Dolan (@CarlyRdolan) June 23, 2017

Before her diagnosis, Ruby was getting dizzy when she stood up and her eyes hurt when she looked at lights.

“She felt like she was going to vomit and she was getting headaches and lost weight,” her mum Linda said.

“You see your child go through this life threatening, life changing disease, so these camps are great because you know they’re safe with nurses and staff there.

“It’s so important that they meet other kids with the same disease. They need to know they’re normal and they’ve got support.”

Ruby wears an insulin pump and sensor, which means she is able to do the things she loves, like playing basketball.

“I wear the pump 24 hours a day, except when I’m playing sport, swimming or taking a shower,” she said.

Rotary Club of Launceston’s Graeme Williams with Ruby and Diabetes Tasmania chief executive Caroline Wells.

Ruby is now 11 and went toher first Diabetes Tasmania camp in September, which enabled her to meet other kids her age with type 1 diabetes and learn about self-management.

Ruby attended the junior camp for 10 to 12-year-olds.

“I was really scared to go but I’m glad I did,” she said.

“I’m still friends with some of them and we did challenges like throwing eggs back and forth to each other without breaking them. We went bushwalking and made damper.”

The Rotary Club of Launceston made a $1000 donation on Fridayto support the running of the Diabetes Tasmania camps, which range from family camps for parents and children, all the way up to young adult camps.

Diabetes Tasmania chief executive Caroline Wells accepted the cheque from the Rotary Club of Launceston.

“This allows type 1 diabetics to learn life skills and self-management with dietitians, educators and nurses there,” she said.

“Growing up, it can be particularly hard because they’realso dealing with all the other issues of adolescent.”

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The ‘unprecedented’ building boom changing Newcastle

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The ‘unprecedented’ building boom changing Newcastle TweetFacebookNewcastleHeraldcan reveal more than $640 million worth of development is still in the pipeline, with private sector investment in residential projects set to overtake government-funded projects over the next two years.
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Among the big-ticket projects slated to start are the$222 million redevelopment of Hunter Street Mall, the $73 million Verve Residences in Newcastle West and the $71 million Railway Lane Apartments in Wickham.

According to Cordell property data, a further $274 million worth of other projects have either been approved, waiting approval or in the planning stage.

Major residential projects currently under construction include the $44 million aged care facility and $26 million Holiday Inn Hotel, both on King Street, the $13 million Aero Apartments on Hunter Street and the $10 million Bishopsgate Apartments in Wickham.

TOOLBOX TALK: Workers on site at the Aero Apartments development. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The hive of activity, however, is not limited to high rise.

The Newcastle Interchange at Wickham is inching closer to completion and work has begun on a light rail depot across Stewart Avenue, in the place of the former Wickham train station.

Work to prepare the track for the Supercars race later this year has crews busy along Wharf Road and Watt Street.

And Newcastle council’s $36 million Bathers Way project continues at South Newcastle beach, King Edward Park and up to Strzelecki Lookout.

Colliers International, a leading property manager in the Hunter, said the city should expect to see cranes in the sky for at least the next five years.

“There has never beenso many tradies in town,” Colliers’ Newcastle director Chris Chapman said. “The coffee shops used to be full of young professionals; now they’re filled with tradies. And this is only the beginning, we’re only just getting started.”

Property Council Hunter director Andrew Fletcher said demand for residential property in Newcastle was “the strongest in history”.

“We’ve seen nearly $2 billion of private investment since the heavy rail line was truncated,” Mr Fletcher said.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the growth was because the council had fostered “strong partnerships” between various levels of government and the private sector. “No other council has been able to do it, but this council has,” she said.

As new works get under way, all eyes are on how long the current period of growth can be sustained, and whether Novocastrians are comfortable to wear the inevitable pain before the gain.

‘Things are really taking off now’ BEFORE: Core Project Group directors Tom Elliot and Jamie Lind are riding the wave of Newcastle’s construction boom. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Fora long time, Newcastle had “flat feet”. Now it’s running full steam ahead.

That’s the view of Tom Elliot and Jamie Lind, who are a success story from the city’s building boom and responsible for millions of dollars worth of construction in the West End.

The duo head up local firm Core Project Group, which was established six years ago, quickly rising to become one of the city’s leading builders.

The company’s major projects are clustered within a short walk from each other – a $44 million aged care building, $4 million five-storeychild care centre, bothon King Street, and a $21 million office block on Stewart Avenue.

They say they are projects that will reshape the West End, bringing people and jobs for years to come.

Mr Lind said the level of construction activity in Newcastle was “unprecedented”.

“Newcastle has got a really positive vibe about it at the moment,” he said. “We had flat feet for a while there, but things are really taking off at the moment. For so long, Newcastle hasn’tbeen led well, but the state and federal governments put their money where their mouth is and kicked it all off.”

Mr Lind said the redevelopment of the Newcastle Court House,which was followed by the light rail project and new university building, sparkeda flurry of construction activity in the city centre.

AFTER: What Core Project Group’s Stewart Avenue development will look like.

“People realised there was investment happening here, and they wanted to be where the action was,” he said.

But with renewed investmentcame increased competition, particularly from out of town firms, which puts pressure on builders to remain cost competitive.

There is also pressure to attract skilled labour, Mr Lind said.

“There’s a shortage of it over the state,” he said, adding that builders were adapting their techniques in response.

Mr Elliot said it was his hope that healthy development activity continued beyond the next five years.

“We should keep the momentum going, but we shouldn’t necessarily be relying on the government to do that for us,” he said.

“We need to keep promoting Newcastle as a great place to live and work.”

Pain before gain: business chamber DIVERSION: Hunter Business Chamber has warned of pain in the CBD as new projects take off. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

THE Hunter Business Chamber has warned of “difficult days” ahead for CBD businesses as the city undergoes intense construction activity.

But chamberpresident Bob Hawes, who was formerly thehead of the Hunter Development Corporation, says other businesses will flourish as a result of increased demand for construction material.

It is the double-edged sword the business chamber is trying to manage as concern grows amongst CBD retailers about their survival once new major works begin.

With Supercars and Bathers Way works in full swing, this week East End businesses met to discuss the financial situation confronting them.

Mr Hawes admitted many Hunter Street retailers could experience a similar situation, particularly after street blocks begin to close for light rail works,but said there was no “one size fits all” solution.

“Businesses who rely on the regularity of foot traffic, that’s where you will see disruption and some concern,” he said. “[But] it’s a like a fitness program, it will be the pain before the gain.”

A map showing development activity in the Newcastle CBD. Picture: Colliers International

Mr Hawes said it was key businesses knew what was coming and when.

Meanwhile, the Property Councilhas signalled that Newcastle may be experiencing “two-speed” growth.

The industry advocacy group said there was a deficit of 30,000 homes in the Lower Hunter.

“Despite all the inner-city apartments, we still have a chronic housing shortage across the Hunter,” Property Council Hunter director Andrew Fletcher said, adding that the “biggest threat” to Newcastle’s growth was housing affordability.

Newcastle Herald

Embezzler ‘embarrassed’ after stealing $107,000 from law firm

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“Looking at this makes me want to be sick.”
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Those were the words of Emma-Jo Alison Mason, 28, of Burnie, after her employerconfronted her with incriminating evidence.

On Friday, Ms Mason pleaded guilty in the Hobart Supreme Court tocounts of stealing, forgery and inserting false information as data.

Between April 2015 and July 2016, Ms Mason pilfered about $107,000 from BartlettsBarristers and Solicitors, a smalllaw firm with offices in Burnie and Smithton.

Responsible for the firm’s accounting system at the time of the offending, Ms Mason forged the signature of Chris Bartlett, a partner in the firm, so that she could cash cheques from the practice account.

Ms Mason created false invoices to cover her tracks.

She presented the cheques to the Burnie NAB branch, where she was required to also present her driver’s licence upon cashing them.

Ms Mason’s employers confronted her in August 2016, asking her whether there was anything she wished to disclose to them.

She denied any wrongdoing, until she was shown a cheque she had cashed.

The Crown sought a compensation order, which would require Ms Mason to pay back the entirety of the money she had stolen.

As the prosecution read from a transcript of apolice interview,Ms Mason was reduced to tears.

She was said to have told police she was “embarrassed” about what she haddone.

Ms Mason’s counsel Greg Richardson informed the court that his client was dealing with an “extraordinarily difficult financial situation” during the period of the offending, when her husband was unable to work following a motorcycle accident.

Indeed, the defence described Ms Mason’s debt level as “overwhelming”.

Mr Richardson revealed that Ms Mason had suffered a stroke in utero, which, a psychiatrist attested, impaired her cognitive functioning, particularly in regards to impulsivity and a relativeinability to solve problems.

Ms Mason will be sentenced on July 6.

The Advocate