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‘The system is buckling’: Elective surgery cut back as health workers warn of mounting strain

In an effort to alleviate some bottlenecks, Ambulance Victoria has asked St John Ambulance volunteers and SES personnel to help in the northern region and other COVID-19 hotspots across the state. Taxis and other forms of transport will also be used for patients not in need of urgent treatment. In …

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Doing the right thing by and for each other

Now the state government faces penalties of up to $95.12 million and possibly a slew of legal claims for its imperfect job. Should the Commonwealth have arranged an indemnity as it did for doctors who cannot be sued for adverse vaccine outcomes? What is the risk that without such an …

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No time to waste: Our health system needs bolstering now

It’s a daunting prospect. After Victorians have endured more than 240 days of lockdowns and our share of pandemic heartache, the impact, it seems, could get a whole lot worse before it gets better. As the big rise in positive infections on Thursday made evident, the already extreme pressure on …

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Carbon capture and storage eligible for emissions reductions credits

However, the UN climate science agency, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency say carbon capture is needed now to start reducing the pollution from difficult-to-abate industrial processes like cement production. Mr Taylor said carbon capture would also “support the production of clean hydrogen from existing …

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Playing the long game with career goals after graduation

“However, generalist degrees (arts, science, etc) do catch up in the medium term as this survey points out,” he said. “Just because general degree graduates take a bit longer to get established, doesn’t mean [these degrees] are not worth it.” Loading The national QILT survey found that in the short-term, …

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Stories of human spirit: The faces of The Alfred

Stephanie Browitt was on New Zealand’s White Island in 2019 when an active volcano erupted. Her father and younger sister lost their lives in the tragedy, and Browitt spent months in a coma after suffering extensive burns. Hers was an unfathomable hand to be dealt. Stephanie Browitt was on New …

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From the Archives, 1956: R.A.F. Vulcan crashes after flight record

Witness reports said that, as the Vulcan came in to land, two small explosions were heard and puffs of smoke billowed from the fuselage. Then its long nose dipped and it crashed in flames and wreckage. A tremendous explosion shook the airport. October 1, 1956: The wreckage of the Vulcan …

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Scandal, royalty and a lot of parties: the sisters who rattled British art

By the early 1930s, Doris and Anna were sufficiently established to win a commission to paint murals on board RMS Queen Mary, then the world’s largest and fastest ocean liner and a byword for refinement. Articles on the Zinkeisens’ make-up habits (Anna) and penchant for drinking half a pint of …

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Four dead, two fighting for life after Truganina head-on collision

Four people have died and two others are fighting for life after a two-vehicle collision in Truganina, west of Melbourne, on Thursday evening. Investigators said a sedan was travelling east along Dohertys Road when it collided head-on with a small truck near Forsyth Road about 7.30pm. Police have confirmed two …

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Big business, unions were against employers mandating jabs. Now it’s more complex

States such as NSW have mandated jabs for healthcare workers, teachers and police. All states and territories have required vaccination for aged care staff. Ms Westacott said employers looking to make vaccination a condition of employment should consult staff and their unions. “Qantas is a masterclass on this – they’ve …

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