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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’.

Girl raped repeatedly by her father was ignored at Winlaton girls home Girl raped repeatedly by her father was ignored at Winlaton girls home

Published on 20 August 2015: A former Winlaton resident identified as ‘BGD’ told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today she was disbelieved by a number of her social workers when she complained she was being raped by her father.

New WorkCover App, VicClaim, helps in lodging injury claims New WorkCover App, VicClaim, helps in lodging injury claims

Published on 20 August 2015: WorkCover Victoria has launched a new app that puts injury claims information in the palm of your hand. Intended for use by workers and employers, the app helps people navigate through the often complex injury claims process.

New report shows children in state care remain at risk of sex abuse New report shows children in state care remain at risk of sex abuse

Published on 19 August 2015: The Victorian Commission for Children and Young People has released a report showing there are “significant flaws” in state care system for vulnerable children which is placing them at risk of sexual abuse.

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