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Tuesday 15th June 2021

Jun 15th 2021

Tuesday 15th June 2021

Ninety-year-old women on an outing with a carer died after falling on a travelator. 

In February 2019, a ninety-year-old woman died shortly after falling on a shopping centre travelator during a supervised trip with a care worker.

Shocking footage has emerged of the women who used a wheelie walker, losing her balance and falling backwards on a travelator with no physical support from the care worker. After falling and hitting her left side badly, the walker hits her before the carer pulls her up from the travelator by both arms.

The women who lived independently in a unit at a retirement village on Sydney's North Shore was rated as having a 'medium' fall risk and received care from workers with showering, cleaning, and trips to the shops.

She was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital after the accident but died 24 hours later.

The daughter of the women contacted the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, the safety regulator and lodged a complaint the day after her mothers death. The regulator responded by saying the aged care home would conduct an investigation, but just one month later, the family were shocked to hear that that regulator was closing the case without any enforcement action being taken.

The family is now calling for the New South Wales coroner to hold an inquest into their mother's death.

Read the full article on the ABC News website.


Death of spectator at Finke Desert Race. 

On the final day of the Finke Desert Race in the Northern Territory a spectator has died after being struck by a vehicle competing in the race.

Held annually over the Queens Birthday long weekend in June, the race is described as an off-road, multi-terrain race for bikes, cars, buggies and quad bikes through desert country to the small Aputula (Finke) community.

The tragedy occurred about 35 km from the two-day races start and finish line in Alice Springs. A man aged in his 60's died at the scene, a man in his 50's also a spectator at the race, was seriously injured and the navigator of the vehicle, a woman in her 50's, received minor injuries.

Motorsport Australia stated that it would conduct an investigation into the fatal accident.

'Motorsport Australia is also providing ongoing support and assistance to all competitors, officials and those associated with the event, including providing counselling services,' it said.

NT Police cordoned off the site, and it was declared a crime scene.

Read the full article on the Sydney Morning Herald website. 

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