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Assistant Police Commissioner says children in care who complained to police were seen as “troublemakers” Assistant Police Commissioner says children in care who complained to police were seen as “troublemakers”

Published on 27 August 2015: The Assistant Commissioner of Victoria Police has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse he was surprised and disappointed when he read the accounts provided by survivors about their experiences whilst in State care.

Review: New WorkCover App – VicClaim Review: New WorkCover App – VicClaim

Published on 27 August 2015: Last week we reported on the release of a new app developed by the Victorian WorkCover Authority to assist in reporting and making injury claims - here is a review from members of our WorkCover team who have been road testing the App.

Report of incest at girls home as emotional former superintendent admits “deep shame” at lack of care Report of incest at girls home as emotional former superintendent admits “deep shame” at lack of care

Published on 26 August 2015: Former Superintendent, Dr. Eileen Slack, told the Commission complaints were made about Triad programs including that the program was intrusive, caused scapegoating between girls, and as one witness before the Commission described, “was a joke” overall.

Comcare decisions can be appealed but – deadlines apply Comcare decisions can be appealed but – deadlines apply

Published on 26 August 2015: The Comcare workers compensation scheme is not easy to navigate. The most common enquiries we receive are determinations to reject a Comcare claim for injury compensation, or when an existing benefit such as the payment of medical expenses is terminated.

Scarring cases just got a whole lot easier Scarring cases just got a whole lot easier

Published on 25 August 2015: Traffic and workplace injury cases in which terrible scars are left as a result of an accident will now be much easier to win at court as a result of a judgment just handed down by the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal.

Children placed in care of under-resourced and over-worked staff Children placed in care of under-resourced and over-worked staff

Published on 25 August 2015: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard today in its public hearing into Victorian Youth Training Centres how easy it was to have a child admitted to Wardship from 1906 until 1980s.

Runaway Winlaton girls strip-searched in front of police Runaway Winlaton girls strip-searched in front of police

Published on 24 August 2015: Young women who absconded from care were strip searched in front of the police who returned them to Winlaton in a practice acknowledged as "wholly inappropriate", and that would be considered a "form of abuse within itself".

100,000 Victorian workers at risk of hearing loss 100,000 Victorian workers at risk of hearing loss

Published on 24 August 2015: 100,000 Victorian workers are at risk of hearing loss every day due to excessive noise levels at work, according to WorkSafe data. The aim of Hearing Awareness Week, held between August 24 and 28, is to raise awareness of this issue.

Winlaton abuse survivor tells Royal Commission of sexual abuse and “triads” Winlaton abuse survivor tells Royal Commission of sexual abuse and “triads”

Published on 24 August 2015: A former resident of the Victorian children’s institution Winlaton has given evidence of sexual abuse and forced group counselling programs known as “triads” to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Royal Commission: Winlaton staff questioned over child protection policies Royal Commission: Winlaton staff questioned over child protection policies

Published on 21 August 2015: A former staff member from the Victorian children’s institution Winlaton has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse the decision-making system for protecting children from sexual abuse was ‘imperfect’.

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