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25 July
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Bird landing unknown but Knights deal stays

Bird landing unknown but Knights deal stays STRUGGLE: The battle for Jack Bird’s signature continues with the Knights, who have tabled an offer with the Sharks star, now waiting to see if he stays at Cronulla, leaves for Brisbane or comes to Newcastle. Picture: Getty Images
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TweetFacebook Jack BirdPictures from Getty ImagesKnights coach Nathan Brown concedes he would understand if Jack Birdchoseto play in Brisbane instead of Newcastle next year but would still love the Sharks premiership star to end up in the Hunter from 2018.

The race for Bird’s signature heated up this weekwith the Broncos reportedly upping the ante considerably on the Knights original offer, which included a recent visit to the region, while current club Cronulla are also keen to keep hold of the NSW representative.

Brown said the Knights weren’t about to get in a bidding war and remains content with what has been tabled for the 22-year-old back despite the danger of losing his services north of the state border.

“Brisbane are an appealing club with10 or 12 origin and rep players, and they’re a one-townteam, which are all attractions for Jack,” Brown said.

“We had heard about it [the Broncos offer], but it doesn’t surprise me. Some clubs have the capacity to do a lot more than other clubs andBrisbane have always been a club that can attract those type of players and can afford those type of players.

“It would be great for Brisbane if it happens, but obviously we’d like him to come here. What unfolds there will unfold and we can’t do anymore as a club.

“We’ve put a fair bit of time into it andmade Jack a very good offer forwhere we’re atas a club. Hisdecision will come sooner or later, either favourable or unfavourable.”

In terms of Friday’s round 7 NRL clash with the high-flying Sydney Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium, Brown said the last-placed Knights would once again be up for the challenge despite losing four games by 10 points or less.

“I’d love to see the guys get some reward for their hard work, but wecertainly don’t do big chunks of the game well enoughto be quite honest,” he said.

“We’re far better than what we were at any stage last year as far as competitiveness, especially in the heatof the battle in the early parts of the game. But at some stages we fall away and when we do there’s a little three-four-five minute window where sides jag a couple of tries on us, which makes it hard.”

The Knights’21-man squad named on Tuesday remained unchangedfrom last week’s 22-12 loss to the Bulldogs but Danny Levi returns to starting hooker after a late shift to the bench, Jamie Buhrer moves back to the second-row and Joe Wardle goes to the reserves. Sam Stone has been elevated to the main 17ahead of Luke Yates.

“Sam Stone, whilst only a kid, has certainly been one of our most consistent players, so he’ll definitely come back into the squad,” Brown said.

“The fitness of one or two blokes will probably determine that [the final 17].”

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Elsewhere in rugby league the NSW Challenge Cup continues at Leichhardt Oval on Wednesday night with Macquarie playing Helensburgh in onesemi-final (8pm) while South Newcastle have been eliminated from the state knockout competition followinga forfeit toConcord Burwood.

“Pulled out due to a lack of fit players,” Souths coach Ben Cross said.

25 July
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Scripture review finds a lot is taken on faith

THEREare more than 100 faith organisations providing special religious education, or what is more commonly known as scripture, in NSW public schools.
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The majority are Christian, but Jewish, Hindu, Islam, Buddhist, Baha’i, Sikh and Vedic is also taught at some schools.

In 2015 the NSW Department of Education commissioned a $300,000 taxpayer-funded review of special religious education and special ethics education after controversy following its decision to change enrolment forms so that parents had to opt their children out of scripture. This followed a brief period when parents had to opt their children into scripture, which sent scripture numbers across the state crashing, and Christian scripture providers appealing to the NSW Government.

The ARTD Consulting review had a December, 2015 deadline, but it controversially remained with the Department of Education and NSW Government until its release on Tuesday.

The review contents, and the Department of Education’s rejection of all recommendations of substance, make it plain why the department sat on this for so long. The findings highlight serious issues with transparency, provider accountability, compliance monitoring by the department, parental choice and availability of information, the quality of what is taught and the amount of trust the department relies on when it comes to scripture providers in a self-regulating environment.

The department’s wholesale rejection of major recommendations reminds us what a politicised field scripture in state schools has become, only weeks after respected former Newcastle principal John Beach described it as “a can of worms” for principals because “you can’t say no to the scripture people”.

The department’s rejection of one recommendation –that secondary school students opting out of scripture should be able to do regular classwork while scripture lessons are held –is particularly troubling after the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council expressed “serious concern” that the choice of a minority of students deniedthe opportunity for learning for others.

In astatement the department noted the framework underpinning scripturedated back to 1848. The ARTD review supportsmore modern concepts of transparency, accountability and parental choice. The department needs to get with the times.

Issue: 38,463.

25 July
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Hospital death rates higher than expected

Mortality rates: John Hunter’s rate for haemorrhagic stroke improved between 2009 and 2015 from higher than expected to no different than expected. Cessnock Hospital had a similar improvement for heart attack.PATIENTS who attend John Hunter Hospital for ischaemic stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)or hip fracture surgeryare dying at a rate “higher than expected”considering their ages and conditions when compared to counterparts in other hospitals, according to new data.
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The Bureauof Health Information’sreport Exploring clinical variation in mortality analyses deathwithin 30 days of hospitalisation for seven different conditions as either lower than,higher than, or no different to the expected rate.

BHI chief executive Dr Jean-Frederic Levesque said the July 2012 to June 2015 data assessed a patient’s “entire journey”, from diagnosis in the emergency department to care provided on the ward.

“Patients in NSW can trust the care they receive,” he said. “We provide this information so hospitals can target their assessments to further improve quality of care.”

Hunter New England Health executive director of greater metropolitan health servicesKaren Kelly said it had undertaken an “extensive review” of the data. “In response, we also conducted our own audit of patient information for the identified chronic diseases,” she said. “The results tell us that overall patients consistently received timely and appropriate care for all of these conditions.

“We haveidentified opportunities to improve the clinical pathways for these conditions andstrategies will be put into place with the aim of improving outcomes.”

Dr Levesquesaid there had been a “substantial improvement” in NSW death rates for all sevenconditions over the past 15 years, including a 41 per cent decrease forheart attack, which now has the equal lowest rate.

Calvary Mater Newcastle is one of only four NSW hospitals to record higher than expected death rates for heart attack:10.3 per cent compared to a NSW figure of 6.9 per cent. This is up from 2009 to 2012, when its rate was no different than expected. Its ratefor COPD also grewto higher than expected. Chief executive officer Greg Flint said it would“assess and enhance the clinical pathways for the conditions highlighted”.

DrLevesque said NSW death rates fell most sharplybetween the two time periods for ischaemic stroke. At John Hunter, its rate hasbeenhigher than expected for the past six years. Ms Kelly said it had a highproportion of severe stroke patientsbecause of its dedicated stroke unit. Its rates for COPD and hip fracture surgery grew to higher than expected.

Belmont Hospital’s death rates for congestive heart failure and COPD also rose to higher than expected. It is the only Hunter hospital with a lower than expected rate, for ischaemic stroke.

Statement fromCalvary Mater Newcastle (CVM) chief executive officerGreg FlintCalvary Mater Newcastle is the major cancer care centre and palliative care service for the Hunter New England Local Health District.

CMN delivers more than 320,000 occasions of outpatient services and in excess of 16,000 inpatient treatments per year.

Further to the latest BHI report, CMN also conducted a general audit on the conditions reported on by the BHI.

CMN dedicates significant time to improve and strengthen clinical pathways to ensure that our patients are getting to where they need to be quicker and therefore start their treatment faster.

Work has already begun to assess and enhance the clinical pathways for the conditions highlighted in the most recent BHI report. This will ensure we continue to improve the quality of care we provide for our community.

CMN regularly reviews its performance and clinical outcomes. CMN submits data to the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and submits data for comparative purposes to the Health Roundtable. Performance is also reviewed with Hunter New England Local Health District.

Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)

An older and frailer cohort of people present to CMN with AMI compared to NSW state averages.

The BHI Report identified that patients who presented to CMN with acute myocardial infarction had significantly higher rates of other chronic health conditions compared to NSW similar cohorts. These included: Hypertension (14.5% higher), Renal Failure (3.9% higher), Malignancy (2.1% higher), Dementia (0.9% higher).

Patients were also significantly older, with 41% of the presentations to CMN being 75 years or older when compared to 38% in NSW. Our audit showed that the average age of patients who died was 80 years.

Our own audit has shown that all patients were under the care of, or had a consultation with a cardiologist. Documentation on the Chest Pain Pathway indicates that all elements on the pathway are well adhered to at CMN.

A change in process for Cardiac Rehabilitation for AMI patients in the Coronary Care Unit at CMN has seen a marked improvement in inpatient cardiac rehabilitation review and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation referrals. This also included an improvement in education for the patient upon discharge and providing individualised care plans to patients.

CMN will make some adjustments to the current process and documentation of the cardiac rehabilitation inpatient review system to indicate when patients have received a cardiac rehabilitation review while an inpatient.

CMN will improve the documentation of education provided to cardiac patients during admission and at discharge through the development of a check list.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Patients presenting to CMN with COPD had one or more significant chronic health condition.

Significant co-morbidity and patient factors among the CMN patients were higher than the NSW index. These included pulmonary circulation disorders, congestive heart failure, fluid and electrolyte disorders, cardiac arrhythmia, solid tumour without metastasis, metastatic cancer, diabetes (complicated), psychoses, lymphoma and liver disease.

Our audit has shown that an average of 93.5 percent of patients had their discharge summary provided to their primary care clinician within two days and there was improved use of antibiotics in the audit period.

Improvements can be made to the number of referrals to pulmonary rehabilitation and patient education relating to COPD, including smoking cessation. There has been some improvement from 2014 to 2016, reflecting a slight increase of consults by the Chronic Disease Nurse.

Spirometry (a test that can help diagnose various lung conditions, most commonly COPD) was not well attended within 24 hours of admission and decreased in 2016, while previous patient history spirometry attendance was not well documented. This is anticipated to improve with spirometry being added to the Clinical Application Portal in the future.

It is recommended that spirometry education and training for nursing staff is provided with a review of available equipment and spirometry be attended in the emergency department to determine baseline and confirm diagnosis.

It is also recommended that promotion of the referral and access to a Chronic Disease Nurse is increased and supported to include Congestive Cardiac Failure and diabetes in their service to COPD patients.

Statement from Hunter New England Health executive director of general metropolitan health services Karen KellyHunter New England Health has undertaken an extensive review of the BHI data. In response, we also conducted our own audit of patient information for the identified chronic diseases.

The results of our audit tell us that overall patients consistently received timely and appropriate care for all of these conditions.

We haveidentified opportunities to improve the clinical pathways for these conditions andstrategies will be put into place with the aim of improving outcomes in patient care.

For each condition, improvement strategies include:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: The Respiratory Stream has identified COPD management as a priority on the 2017 annual plan with specific focus on expansion of John Hunter Hospital’s AcuteNon-Invasive Ventilationservice to other sites using a telehealth model, increasing the number of patients having access to quit smoking programs and increasing the uptake and completion of pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

Hip Fracture: Consolidate the implementation of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Clinical Care Standard,Hip Fracture Care.

Ischemic Stroke: Improve access to dedicated stroke beds or units as a priority.

Congestive Heart Failure: Development of a check list for best practice in the management of Congestive Heart Failure. Increase referrals to community and primary care for early intervention

Hunter New England Health is also rolling out the use of electronic discharge summaries, which will improve the information patients get when they leave the hospital and the communication to GPs and other care providers. This will enhance the coordination of follow-up care.

John Hunter Hospital

John Hunter Hospital is the tertiary referral centre for the entire northern NSW region with more than 76,000 presentations each year to our emergency department.

John Hunter Hospital is also the Major Trauma Service for Northern NSW and the only one outside of Sydney.

The hospital provides a full spectrum of care for patients along with education, clinical support and workforce development and treats the more seriously ill patients transferred for more specialised care.

Many patients receiving care in these categories are transferred to John Hunter Hospital from other hospitals.

Hospitals right across the district transfer patients to John Hunter Hospital for its highly specialised services. Often patients are first treated and stabilised in their local facility, but then transferred to John Hunter Hospital for further treatment.

Ischaemic stroke: John Hunter Hospital has a renowned stroke service with a track record of world-class care for patients who present with stroke.

The quality of stroke care we provide and the fact we have a dedicated stroke unit means that a high proportion of severe stroke patients present at John Hunter Hospital.

Our stroke team prides itself on accurate diagnosis and assessment of initial stroke severity. Since early 2016 this has been done with the assistance of more sophisticated imaging, including the Bi Plane Angiography.

We acknowledge that travel distances between people’s homes and hospitals in the rural areas where patients are being transferred from means that it can take longer for them to start receiving the care. We have begun work that focuses on reducing the time it takes to start treatment for a number of conditions.

We are also strengthening our relationship with NSW Ambulance, with initiatives such as the on-route thrombolysis program and stroke by-pass protocol. These initiatives mean that suspected stroke patients can begin receiving treatment while they are on their way to hospital.

We are always working to improve stroke management at John Hunter Hospital. We have recently expanded our Acute Stroke Unit four to 12 beds. This will improve the delivery of care, rehabilitation and outcomes for stroke patients. In addition, our Stroke Team is at the cutting edge of research, working to find ways to provide better care for our patients.

Research has shown that initial stroke severity at onset is the most powerful determinant of mortality and dependency. Since initial stroke severity was not recorded in the BHI data, small differences in the severity case mix could explain the small absolute difference in average 30 day mortality, which gave a higher than expected result.

Hip fracture surgery: Each year at John Hunter Hospital we admit more than 400 hip fracture patients who are older than 65 years of age. The BHI report shows that 94.7 percent of hip fracture patients between 2012 and 2015 were aged 65 years or older and 81.2 percent were aged 75 years or older.

In addition to this, our patients had more chronic diseases than the NSW index, including dementia and renal failure. Our audit data shows that John Hunter Hospital patients had a 6.6 percent higher incidence of dementia.

In early 2015, the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Hip Fracture Care were introduced and are now implemented for patients admitted with hip fractures. The Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Consultant ensures all seven standards in the guidelines are followed for every patient. The BHI data will not yet reflect these changes in practice, but we would hope to see future improvement.

Since the introduction of the guidelines, 92 percent of patients at John Hunter Hospital have had their surgery within 48 hours of admission, receiving more timely and appropriate pain relief and being mobilised sooner.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: John Hunter Hospital audit data shows a relatively high proportion of our patients were experiencing acute respiratory failure. This may indicate that the COPD patients treated at John Hunter Hospital were very sick patients transferred for specialist and Intensive Care services.

Our internal audit of patient information showed that 94 percent of patients had one or more significant other chronic diseases, while a high proportion of patients (92 percent) were current or ex-smokers.

John Hunter Hospital patients had more chronic diseases than the NSW index, including Congestive Heart Failure, pulmonary circulation disorders, diabetes (complicated), other neuro disorders, psychoses and lymphoma.

To address this, we are creating medical records to accurately document COPD severity, in particular pre-existing COPD severity and other chronic diseases. This will enable more accurate prognosis and support treatment decisions for each patient.

Staff will also improve the promotion of interventional programs with evidence to improve COPD outcomes: including smoking cessation, pulmonary rehabilitation and co-ordination of care following discharge.

Belmont Hospital

Belmont Hospital is a community hospital with 23,000 presentations each year to the emergency department.

Many of the patients treated at Belmont Hospital live in the surrounding area. This has an impact on the type of conditions and the acuity of patients treated at the hospital. The patients presenting are older, with many other chronic diseases.

Belmont Hospital dedicates significant time to improving and strengthening clinical pathways to ensure that patients are getting to where they need to be quicker and therefore start their treatment faster.

Work has already begun to replicate this methodology for the conditions highlighted in the most recent report. This will ensure we continue to improve the quality of care we provide for our community.

Congestive heart failure: The BHI reports showed that Congestive Heart Failure patients at Belmont Hospital were older than their cohorts across NSW. 94 percent of patients were aged 65 years or older (90.2% NSW average) and 75 percent of patients were aged 75 years or older (73% NSW average).

The Belmont Hospital patients had more chronic diseases than the NSW cohort, including hypertension (27.4 percent higher), renal failure, other neuro disorders, fluid and electrolyte retention, metastatic cancer, three or more previous acute related admissions and paralysis.

Belmont Hospital is working to increase referrals to community-based clinical services for patients with heart failure conditions and introduce a checklist management guide to clearly identify best practice and allow staff to record adherence and completion of this.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Cigarette smoking is the most significant risk factor for these patients and our audit showed that 98 percent of COPD patients reviewed at Belmont Hospital were former or current smokers.

Age also played a significant factor for COPD patients at Belmont Hospital, with the BHI report showing that 85.1 percent of patients were aged 65 years or older (79.5% NSW average) and 58.3 percent of COPD patients at Belmont Hospital were aged 75 years or older (50.7% NSW average).

Belmont Hospital COPD patients also had more chronic diseases than the NSW cohort, including congestive heart failure, diabetes (complicated), other neuro disorders, three or more previous acute related admissions, solid tumour without metastasis and fluid and electrolyte disorders.

13 May
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Psychologist wrote children’s books while having sex with vulnerable patient

A profile of Harry Mayr describes him as “an innocent dreamer” whose fictional character Ilsa “helps them make sense of life’s many journeys and challenges”.
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However, Mr Mayr, a psychologist and author of children’s books, has been found guilty of professional misconduct for having a sexual relationship with a patient he was treating for past sexual traumas.

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal detailed a series of transgressions, which included Mr Mayr licking the patient’s face during therapy and engaging in “inappropriate sexual contact” at the end of other sessions.

He subsequently had what the tribunal called an “inappropriate sexual relationship” with the patient for almost two years, including having sex with the patient on his desk at his clinic in Penrith.

On another occasion, Mr Mayr performed oral sex on the patient while she was on the clinic’s kitchen bench.

The tribunal said Mr Mayr failed to provide appropriate care and treatment by suggesting the patient watch Last Tango in Paris and 1977 French film Bilitis, which one reviewer said: “If released today, its lingering, leery shots of barely developed school girls would no doubt cause a Bill Henson-like backlash.”

The tribunal cancelled Mr Mayr’s registration to practise psychology for five years.

“The profession needs to be made aware that such behaviour cannot be tolerated by the profession without damage to the good name of the profession of psychology,” the tribunal said in its judgment.

The tribunal said Mr Mayr would have been fully aware of a power imbalance a psychologist and a patient in a vulnerable state: “Nevertheless he proceeded to use that imbalance of power to satisfy his own needs.”

The tribunal noted that sex between psychologists and patients is prohibited under the Australian Psychological Society’s code of ethics.

Mr Mayr first met the patient in 2006 when she brought her preschool age child, who suffered from anxiety, to his St Marys/Penrith Psychological Services clinic.

Four years later, she returned to the clinic with her oldest child who had Asperger’s Syndrome before beginning regular therapy sessions with Mr Mayr.

The tribunal said Mr Mayr failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with his patient by sharing personal information including extra marital affairs and “past indiscretions with a female patient”.

The tribunal said Mr Mayr commented on similarities between the patient and the main character in the children’s book he was writing.

Mr Mayr’s first book, Ilsa, the funny looking hippopotamus, was published in 2012 and won a “Mom’s Choice Award” in 2013, according to his author website.

“Ilsa’s innocence and genuineness captivate and unite people of all ages around the world,” the website said.

He wrote a second book, Ilsa’s waterhole of priceless treasures, and sold Ilsa merchandise.

Meanwhile, the tribunal said Mr Mayr sent emails from mid-2011 to his patient detailing his sexual fantasies and “encouraged her to perform or engage in certain sexual activities”.

In one therapy session, the tribunal said Mr Mayr kissed the patient’s stomach and breasts and “stated words to the effect of ‘I am the type of person who would be in the shower with you and would take a shampoo bottle and put it up your arse’.”

Appearing before the tribunal, the patient said Mr Mayr had not explained why his sexual advances, apart from hugging, would be helpful as a method of treatment.

“She did not know whether he helped her but her mental state was such that whatever he wanted her to do she would go along with it,” the tribunal said. “After a moments reflection she stated that he did not help her and in fact made her worse.”

The tribunal said Mr Mayr lacked insight into his conduct “save as it impacts upon himself and he speaks of ‘this one error in judgement’ as if his course of conduct over a period of three years could be limited in this way”.

Mr Mayr declined to comment but indicated that he would seek to appeal against the decision.

Cameron Stewart, a professor of health, law and ethics at the University of Sydney, said dozens of doctors and psychologists had been struck off for having sex with patients.

“People are unaware of how often this happens,” he said.

Professor Stewart said inappropriate sexual relationships particularly occurred with vulnerable patients: “The connection between a health professional and the patient is so strong that it’s hard for some health practitioners to differentiate the therapeutic relationship and relationships of affection.”

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13 May
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Melbourne scientists make groundbreaking cancer discovery

Melbourne scientists have made a groundbreaking discovery in the fight against cancer, finding a way to reduce the growth of some tumours.
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Researchers from the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute have found that inhibiting a particular protein can suspend the growth of bowel and gastric cancers.

Gastrointestinal cancers are among the most common and deadly forms of cancer, affecting more than 15,000 Australians each year.

Scientific director at the institute Professor Matthias Ernst led the pioneering research, which was published in the latest issue of medical journal Cancer Cell.

“Our discovery could potentially offer a new and complementary approach to chemotherapy and immunotherapy as options for treating gastrointestinal cancers,” Professor Ernst said.

In preclinical trials, his research showed a protein called hematopoietic cell kinase (HCK) had a powerful role in the development of cancer because of its effect on macrophages, which are important cells of the immune system.

“These cells can behave like ‘garbage collectors’ when they remove unwanted debris or damaged cells, or they can behave like ‘nurses’ to help at sites of injury and wounding,” Professor Ernst said.

“What we’ve now discovered is the more HCK activity a macrophage has, the more it nurtures cancer cell growth and survival.”

Professor Ernst’s team found that inhibiting HCK using a small drug-like molecule could stop the growth of bowel and gastric cancers.

Head of medical oncology at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre Dr Niall Tebbutt said bowel cancer was generally resistant to conventional immunotherapy treatments.

He said the research offered a “new approach to possibly overcome this resistance”.

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessey said the results were another step forward in the fight against cancer.

“Stomach and bowel cancers are among the biggest killers of Victorians each year and this revolutionary development has the potential to one day save thousands of lives,” she said.

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13 May
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Girls with single parents more than twice as likely to be obese

File photo: iStockYoung girls with single parents are more than twice as likely to be obese as girls living in two-parent households, while boys’ obesity is more likely to be linked to takeaway food consumption, according to new research.
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Professor Peter O’Rourke, a senior biostatistician at Queensland’s QIMR Berghofer medical research institute, analysed information gathered on more than 3500 children to explore the differences between genders and age groups in regards to childhood obesity.

The research, published in Public Health, revealed Queensland’s obesity rate in children was 9 per cent, 2 per cent higher than the 2011-2012 national average.

Socio-economic conditions, diet and exercise were named as the three factors that most heavily influenced a child’s likelihood of being obese.

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But Professor O’Rourke said the effects of these factors differed between boys and girls.

“For girls, particularly older girls, the main contributing factor was parental social disadvantage. It was manifest by both the education level of parents and single status of parents,” he said.

“For boys the dominant factor was excessive use of takeaway foods.”

Key findings were:Boys aged 5-1112 per cent were obeseFactors strongly associated with obesity were parents’ level of education, takeaway food consumption and lack of participation in organised sport.Boys who parents were not university educated were more than twice as likely to be obese.Boys who ate takeaway food two or more times a week were nearly two-and-a-half times more likely to be obese.Boys aged 12-17Seven per cent were obeseFactors strongly associated with obesity were parental education and takeaway food.Girls aged 5-1111 per cent were obeseFactors strongly associated with obesity were parent’s level of education and marital status.Younger girls with single parents were more than twice as likely to be obese as girls living in two-parent householdsGirls aged 12 to 17Four per cent were obeseFactors strongly associated with obesity were parents who were not university educated.These girls were also three times more likely to be obese if from a single-parent household, and more than twice as likely to be obese if they do not participate in organised sportProfessor O’Rourke said determining why girls and boys were so different when it came to obesity was not part of the research scope.

“We do not know why girls from single-parent households are more likely to be obese. More research needs to be done in this area,” he said.

“I could speculate that girls are more sensitised by family issues and boys have more freedom so therefore make more independent choices about takeaway foods.

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“Knowing which factors are associated with obesity in boys and girls of different ages is crucial because it will help policy makers to develop effective age- and gender-specific strategies to tackle childhood obesity.”

Professor O’Rourke said the research was done in conjunction with the Queensland government Department of Health as it conducted regular surveys of a whole range of health indicators on behalf of the commonwealth.

“After they had performed their analysis and done state-wide reporting we had access to the data to identify our particular theme which was childhood obesity and then screen from their surveys the risk factors to identify which of these were important risk factors contributing to childhood obesity,” he said.

Mother Jo Walker said she found the findings of the research frightening.

“I wouldn’t say the parents are at fault. I understand for single parents or time-poor parents it is hard to bake fresh food all the time and prepare nice healthy meals,” Mrs Walker said.

“But I suppose at the end of the day they are the ones doing the shopping and offering the food up; I guess in some ways it does come down to them.”

Mrs Walker, who has a four-year-old son, said she had already started educating him on the importance of health.

“I think even now we are educating him, you know – we don’t eat that sort of food very often because it’s not good for us, it’s not good for our teeth, it’s not good for our tummies,” she said.

“So just hopefully as he gets older I can explain a little bit more why it’s not good for him.”

Professor O’Rourke said he was keen to follow up on the initial research, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

“The problem is still an important one and obviously we would like to see what impact our results have; have things changed; what are new messages and new trends that should be investigated?” he said.

13 May
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To afford the rent, tenants should turn apartments into mini petting zoos

NewsThe new look Yarralumla play station. complete with mini golf of Canberra’s famous iconsThe Canberra TimesDate: 17 March 2016Photo Jay Cronan Photo: Jay CronanControversial US ‘rent-bidding’ start-up Rentberry to launch in AustraliaRenting househunters forced to jump through extra hoops in Sydney’s tight rental marketRenting an exercise in crowd control for Melburnians
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It’s so very easy to look at the property market right now and see nothing but doom and gloom.

Fortunately everything’s swell for those on the renting side of the equation at the moment – especially with the news that Rentberry is set to launch in Australia and allow would-be tenants to fight to the death in real-time by bidding for rents.

Sure, critics point out that this will turn the nightmarish process of applying for rental properties into a gladiatorial bloodsport that will drive the rents in larger cities from their current level of “offensive” to “downright insulting” – renters in the Bay Area enjoyed a price jump of the order of five per cent when the app launched locally – but these criticisms fail to take into account the important qualifying factor that Rentberry are based in the US and couldn’t care less about you povvo types.

Just think of it as the Uber of house hunting: you just put in the rental price that most stretches you beyond your ability to keep body and soul together in order to appeal to the landlord, and then … um, then the nearest house drives over, or something? And probably does something disruptive and agile on the way.

In any case, there’s been one fascinating development that should have renters feeling slightly less like walking into the sea: the news that NSW Labor have decided that if they get into power, they’ll make having pets a right of renters across the board.

There has been much criticism of this thought bubble from property management groups, landlord bodies, and cat-hiding services who can see their lucrative inspection-time dollars drying up.

And while this little plan sounds like the sort of thing that’s likely to be forgotten as soon as Labor get into power, since NSW is essentially a develocracy, it also represents the only reasonable hope that tenants have if we all have to start bidding against one another for shelter: the start of a much-needed income stream in the form of mini petting zoos.

Sure, it’s not going to be easy to share a one-bedroom flat with some alpacas, some ducklings and a tiny pony that the kids can ride, but since we’re definitely not going to do anything meaningful about housing affordability, we need to start thinking outside the litter box.

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13 May
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Hunter BreakfastApril 12

Morning Shot: @state.of.grace.8/InstagramWeather: Showers in Newcastle (22 degrees) andNelson Bay (23 degrees). Shower or two in Raymond Terrace,Wallsend, Toronto (23 degrees).
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Traffic: A car and caravan is broken down on the M1 near Wisemans Ferry. Northbound traffic is affected as a tow truck attends the area. Drivers are urged to exercise caution.

Beachwatch:With south to south-east winds pushing a few showers onto the coast it’s only going to be an average day beachside. The swell is from the south around 2 to 3 metres but is expected to ease during the day. Once again the southern ends will be the best value. In the city try Stockton, Nobbys, Flatrock, Merewether and Dudley. Down south try Blacksmiths, Caves and Catho. At Port Sephens try Fingal and One Mile. Most open beaches will be closed to the swimmer due to dangerous rips so be extra careful if you do venture in. The water temperature is 20 degrees.

Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.

Hunter headlinesONE of the Hunter’s largest employers says “policy instability and uncertainty” in the Australianenergy market is making it harder to justify investing in the region. Read more.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, is urging motorists to make every journey a safe one this Easter in a bid to drive down the road toll towards zeroon the Hunter’s roads. Read more.

Organisers of the Karuah Bluegrass Music Festival are on the hunt to find major sponsors. Read more.

THE infamously slow and unreliabletwo-and-a-half hour train ride from Newcastle to Sydney has been getting worse since 2011, and transport authorities don’t know how to fix it. Read more.

Easter has come early at The Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast with the birth of five healthy –and adorable –dingo puppies. Read more.

MORE details about the state government’s plan to redirect buses away from Hunter Street have emerged, with the proposal to see more than 40 car spaces cut from surrounding streets. Read more.

The demand for Tailor Made Fish Farm’s product and technology has pushed the Port Stephens business to the point of expansion, which is why it has been listed for sale. Read more.

A GLOW-in-dark streak of blue pavement will be among the more eye-catching elements of a facelift for the Warners Bay foreshore,due to begin next week. Read more.

FORMER Jets captains and 100-plus game players Matt Thompson and Jobe Wheelhouse believe under-siege Newcastle coach Mark Jones deserves a chance to build his own squad next season. Read more.

REGIONAL NEWS► BALLARAT: A disability pensioner slugged with a Centrelink debt three weeks out from major surgery said she prays every day that the robo-debt system “gets its comeuppance”.

Scarsdale’s Lee-Anne Thomas received a debt notice for just under $700 late last November for an overpayment allegedly made by the department in 2010. She said she asked the welfare agency to hold off the debt until she afterher surgery when she could investigate the claimbut her request was refused. Read on

Elsa Hoggard said the first that she heard of her debt to Centrelink was through a Sydney debt collector. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

►WOLLONGONG: Thieves have devastated an Albion Park Rail tobacconist for the third time in six weeks, this time using a ute to bust open the shop in a spectacular pre-dawn raid.

The raids, ona Cignall shop off Ash Avenue, have cost the business almost $40,000 in lost stock, property damage and stolen cash. Read more

Avninder Singh has cleaned up his Ash Avenue shop three times in the wake of damaging and costly break-ins. Picture: Robert Peet

►CANBERRA: Graduating university represents the culmination of years of hard work for most, but for Canberra man and paraplegic Paul Jenkins it marked something much more.

Mr Jenkins has spent the past six months training in an exoskeleton deviceand on Tuesday realised his dream of walking on stage at Parliament House and accepting his two bachelor degrees from the University of Canberra. Read more

Paraplegic Paul Jenkins learning to walk with bionic legs with exercise physiologist Jim Barrett. Photo: Rohan Thomson

►WAGGA: Twostricken teens may find a new home in Wagga as their aunt vows to keep a family promise.

Shanon Heidemann, 17, has lived a nightmare following the death of his father, who was swept away in the Queensland floods, west of Gympie.

As Shanonhelped emergency services searchthe floodwatersfor 50-year-old David Heidemann,he was told hismother and brother had died in a fatal collision on the Princes Highway at Berry. Read on

Tragedy inspires support: The Berry Crash Tragedy gofundme page pic.

►PORT AUGUSTA:Reach Solar energy reachedfinancial close on the first phase of the 300 Megawatt BungalaSolarproject near Port Augusta.And at the same time, entered sale agreements withEnelGreen Power (EGP) and the Dutch Infrastructure Fund. Read more

The 70MW solar farm in Northern NSW, a similar, but smaller proposed project than the Bungala Solar Project.

►MANDURAH: Regional development minister Alannah MacTiernan has given the strongest indication yet that she will overhaul the Royalties for Regions program to give it a stronger focus on job creation.

The program, which was first proposed by former Nationals WA leaderBrendon Grylls, has invested more than $6 billion in the regions since 2008.

Ms MacTiernan said the incoming Labor government would redirect Royalties for Regions funding to infrastructure that created jobs, such as renewable energy projects. Read on

Regional development minister Alannah MacTiernan with Mandurah MP David Templeman. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.

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NATIONAL NEWS►The Turnbull government’s budget razor gang is set to consider changes to the $10 billion Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme designed to bring down the price of medicines and kill off a potentially damaging fight with pharmacists. Read on

►Australia has failed to comply with its international obligation to crack down on family trusts, despite concerns they could be misused for tax evasion, money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Read on

Andrew Leigh MP outside his office which is 600m outside the new Fraser border. He will now need to move to a new office inside the new Fraser electorate. Photo: Rohan Thomson

►Federal funding has been stripped from two of Australia’s largest private colleges after they raked in more than $440 million from taxpayers in just three years. Read more

VIDEO SPECIAL►After a successful 2017, Party in the Paddock will return to White Hills, Tasmania from February 9 to 10, 2018. Organisers announced the event had been confirmed for another year, with grand plans for the Paddock’s sixth edition.

WORLD NEWS ►The team bus of German football team Borussia Dortmund was damaged and a player was injured following three explosions near the vehicle on its way to Tuesday’s Champions League game at home to AS Monaco, police said.

The match, a quarter-final first leg at Signal Iduna Park, was called off and rescheduled for Wednesday. Read on

The team bus of the Borussia Dortmund football club seen after the bus was damaged in an explosion. Photo: Getty Images

►United Continental Holdings Inc. shares have fallenas outrage on social media over a passenger’s forcible removal from a flight spread across the globe, including to China, where local media questioned whether racism played a role in the incident. Read on

►JAKARTA:A court hearing the blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor has been accused of succumbing to political interference after it agreed to delay proceedings until one day after the gubernatorial election.

Jakarta’s police chief wrote to the North Jakarta District Court last week requesting the trial be postponed “considering the increasing vulnerability of the security situation in Jakarta”. Read on

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— Academia Obscura (@AcademiaObscura) April 10, 2017FACES OF AUSTRALIA: Tony Fisher, Peter NortonTwo of the Riverina’s longest-serving linesmen are preparing to be trained on the National Broadband Network, the latest in a long line of innovations since their careers started.

A lot has changed sinceTony Fisher and Peter Norton went to work for the Postmaster-General’s Department more than 40 years ago. Read on

Telstra linemen Tony Fisher and Peter Norton have seen a lot of changes in technology since they started their careers more than 40 years ago.

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The team bus of the Borussia Dortmund football club seen after the bus was damaged in an explosion. Photo: Getty ImagesDortmund: ​Local police say a player for German soccer team Borussia Dortmund was injured after several explosions near the team bus ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game at home to AS Monaco.
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However, German authorities have said at this stage they do not believe the blasts were terrorism-related but they believe it was “an attack with serious explosive devices,” that were likely placed in a hedge near a car park.

​The match, a quarter-final first leg at Signal Iduna Park, was called off and rescheduled for Wednesday.

“According to what is currently known, the windows of the bus were (entirely or partly) smashed and one person was injured,” Dortmund police said in a statement.

Mass-selling German newspaperBildreported in its online edition that explosive devices were placed in a bush by the road along which the bus was travelling.

“The explosive devices were placed outside the bus. Several windows were broken,” police spokesman Gunnar Wortmann was quoted as saying.

Dortmund said defender and Spanish international Marc Bartra had been taken to hospital.

Police deployed a drone to search for other possible explosive devices in the area around the team hotel, and said they found a suspicious object.

Bartra, 26, joined Dortmund for €8 million ($11.3 million) last year from Barcelona, after coming through the Catalan club’s youth system. He has made 12 appearances for the Spanish national team.

“All of our support to @MarcBartra, @BVB and their fans,” Barcelona tweeted in support of their former player.

Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek told Poland’s Przeglad Sportowy: “As we were driving alongside a number of cars, a bomb went off at the side of the road. Bartra has a cast on his arm. He’s in the hospital.”

Police said earlier the incident happened in Hoechsten, located outside the city.

“It is not yet possible to say exactly what the explosion was or exactly where something exploded,” said the statement.

“Currently there is no evidence of a threat to the visitors at the stadium.”

Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke told Germany’s Sky television there was an “explosive attack in the immediate vicinity of the hotel exit” as the bus moved from the hotel car park into Wittbraeucker Strasse.

“The team and the coaching staff are of course shocked. We must now channel it in some way,” he said.

“It will not be easy to get that out of the mind. In such a crisis situation, all at Borussia pull together. I think the team will feel it tomorrow.”

Club president Reinhard Rauball said: “Of course this is an extremely difficult situation for the players. But they are professionals, and I am convinced that they will put that away and will give a performance tomorrow.”

AS Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic told Croatian daily newspaper 24sata: “We are currently in the stadium, in a safe place, but the feeling’s horrible.”

“The bus turned into the main street, when there was a huge boom, a real explosion,” Sky television quoted Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki as saying.

“I was sitting in the back row next to Marc Bartra, hit by fragments … after the bang, we all ducked.”

Borussia Dortmund said in a statement: “Shortly after the departure of the Borussia Dortmund team bus from the hotel to the stadium there was an incident.

“The bus has been damaged in two places. One person has been injured and is in the hospital. At this point we will inform as soon as we know more.”

Dortmund later said in a tweet that the match would go ahead on Wednesday at 1645 GMT.

Dortmund is in western Germany, in the densely populated Ruhr industrial region.

Stadium spokesman Norbert Dickel informed fans of the cancellation, saying that “there is no reason for panic here at the stadium”.

Inside the packed stadium, supporters of Monaco, which plays in the French league, chanted “Dortmund, Dortmund” in sympathy.

Dortmund fans are reportedly offering accommodation for the night for stranded Monaco supporters through a #bedforawayfans Twitter campaign.

Meanwhile, the football world was quick to express solidarity, with messages of support flooding social media.

Current Germany international and captain of Dortmund’s rivals Schalke, Benedikt Howedes, tweeted a message to the club in German which read: “Separated in colours, united against violence! All the best, @MarcBartra and the entire team of the @BVB! I hope you’re fine! #BVBASM.”

Ilkay Gundogan, who played over 100 games for Dortmund before moving to Manchester City in 2016, posted: “I can not believe it! I hope you all go well @BVB!”

Among the Bundesliga clubs quick to offer support were Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen, the latter tweeting: “We’re shocked by the news out of Dortmund. Our thoughts are with @BVB and we’re wishing a speedy recovery to @MarcBartra!”

Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti posted: “We give all our support to @BVB and wish @MarcBartra an early recovery.”

Real Madrid and Spain captain Sergio Ramos added: “Today @BVB @MarcBartra and nothing more.”

Villarreal’s former Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado had words of support for fellow Spaniard Bartra, tweeting in Spanish: “All my support for the @BVB right now and especially my companion @MarcBartra. Today, everyone is closer than ever.”

Manchester United noted the incident involving their former Champions League rivals, tweeting: “We’re sending our support to our friends at @BVB tonight.”

Liverpool added: “Thinking about all of our friends at @BVB this evening. YNWA.”

And Atletico Madrid, preparing for Wednesday night’s last-eight clash against Leicester, tweeted: “Our support from Madrid for @BVB. We hope that @MarcBartra is alright and wish him a speedy recovery.”

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert in a Twitter message wished Bartra a speedy recovery and praised Monaco fans in the stadium for chanting support for Dortmund after hearing news of the blasts.

“Great reaction of the Monaco fans. This evening we are all behind @BVB,” he tweeted in German.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach also tweeted in support for Borussia.

Dortmund’s Ruhr region rivals Schalke from nearby Gelsenkirchen wished Bartra a speedy recovery and Dortmund fans a safe journey home.

“In moments like these the region holds closely together,” the club tweeted.

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???Australians in Philippines warned terrorists may be planning kidnappings

Australia has warned its citizens that terrorists may be planning kidnappings in the central Philippine provinces of Cebu and Bohol, as Philippine soldiers clashed with militants linked to Islamic State.
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Cebu City is the country’s second largest city with a population of almost three million people.

Five Abu Sayyaf militants and four soldiers were killed during a fire-fight on the island of Bohol, about 650 kilometres south-east of Manila on Tuesday, after security forces spotted 10 militants on three boats.

In updated advice on Tuesday, Australia’s smartraveller.gov419论坛 website cited unsubstantiated yet credible information about kidnapping plots in the provinces obtained by the US embassy in Manila.

“If you are planning to visit Cebu or Bohol you should exercise heightened vigilance and review your personal security plans,” the advice said.

The advice warned Australians to exercise a high degree of caution across the country because of the high threat of terrorist attack and high level of crime.

Earlier advice warned that terrorists were planning kidnappings in areas frequented by foreigners on the southern part of Cebu island, specifically around Dalaguete and Santander, including Sumilon Island.

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his troops to step-up attacks on the Abu Sayyaf whose leaders have sworn loyalty to Islamic State, declaring “we will go ahead and kill them to the last man”.

Philippine armed forces’ chief of staff Eduardo Ano said on Monday his troops can eliminate the Abu Sayyaf within months.

“They are no match for us,” he said.

But with fast boats, millions of dollars in ransom payments from the families of kidnap victims and support from sympathetic locals and corrupt officials, the Abu Sayyaf has survived many military offensives over more than a decade.

Last month Australian foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop warned that an estimated 600 fighters from south-east Asia could return home after surviving the campaign against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and establish an Islamic caliphate in the southern Philippines “bringing the threat right to our doorstep”.

In February the Abu Sayyaf beheaded a 70-year-old German yachtsman after failing to receive a $US600,000 ransom.

The group beheaded two Canadian hostages last year.

The group has carried out numerous deadly attacks, including the 2004 bombing of a passenger ferry that killed more than 100 people.

Counter-terrorism expert Sidney Jones believes the likelihood of a caliphate emerging on Australia’s doorstep is low but that the more likely danger is that pro-Islamic State extremists with deadly skills may use bases in the southern Philippines to plan hits in Mindanao and Manila, or train operatives to carry out attacks elsewhere in the region.

“It is unlikely that hundreds of foreign fighters will flee there as Islamic State is pushed back but even a dozen could cause serious damage,” Ms Jones wrote in a paper published in March by the Lowy Institute.

Ms Jones said that an alliance of pro-Islamic State groups in the Philippines appears to have a steady stream of funding, apparently arranged in part through Mahmud Ahmad, a Malaysian professor who has joined the Abu Sayyaf.

Meanwhile, the US has put a 26-year-old Malaysian man on a list of most wanted terrorists.

Malaysian police say that from an Islamic State base in Syria Muhammad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi??? has been using social media to recruit Malaysians and plot terrorist attacks.

On his Facebook page under the name Abu Hamzah Al-Fateh, Wanndy ridiculed his listing by the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, saying it would only make him more cautious about his movements and communications.

Wanndy is a senior leader of a group of hundreds of Malay-speaking fighters in a unit called Katibah Nusantara??? who are under the control of Islamic State in the Middle East.

Last week Philippine authorities identified and arrested a Middle Eastern couple allegedly linked to Islamic State who were planning bomb attacks in the Philippines.

The arrests followed tip-offs from US and Kuwaiti officials.

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13 April
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Business conditions best since GFC: survey

Business conditions were healthier last month than at any point since the global financial crisis, but that failed to translate into confidence, National Australia Bank says.
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The bank’s monthly business survey revealed its business conditions index jumped 5 points in March to +14 points, well above the long-term average of +5 and the highest figure since the financial meltdown of 2008.

The jump in business conditions came as a surprise, said NAB chief economist Alan Oster, and could have been partly due to a lower response rate in cyclone-hit North Queensland.

“Even so, conditions have improved almost across the board to levels that suggest a strong economy in the near-term,” he said.

He said most industries were showing improved business conditions, with services the stand-out performer and the long-struggling mining industry improving thanks to higher commodity prices and an improved global demand outlook. Retail conditions bucked the trend and dipped.

Despite these positive indicators, business confidence fell one index point in March. That was lead by a 13-point deterioration in confidence among wholesalers and a 3-point drop in personal services.

Mr Oster said the results were encouraging for the near-term outlook and supported the bank’s forecast for economic growth to accelerate in the second half of 2017.

“However, there is still cause to be cautious about the longer-term outlook, particularly as other growth drivers, including LNG exports, commodity prices and housing construction, begin to fade,” he said.

“Meanwhile, the RBA has emphasised its financial stability concerns, which are expected to keep them on hold for the foreseeable future.”

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Rare Albert Park real estate sells for $5.575m

MARKET WRAP
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SALES

Albert Park

Prime Albert Park real estate doesn’t come much rarer than this. An island site at 1 Victoria Ave sold for $5.575 million, about $500,000 over the reserve, Allard Shelton’s Joseph Walton, Michael Ryan and James Gregson said. Mr Ryan said that despite the heritage overlay, the purchaser – who beat off four other bidders at auction – was likely to redevelop the property into a 3-4 level mixed-use building and occupy part of it.

Deepdene

Eighty bids from eight buyers pushed the yield on a Whitehorse Road property to a tight 3.24 per cent at auction. Teska Carson’s Tom Maule and Adrian Boutsakis said number 68-72 offered multiple income streams and development potential. It was finally knocked down to a local investor for $3.532 million. The property was sold subject to three leases with a total rental of $114,510 per annum.

Truganina

A 12.61 hectare parcel of farmland that has been in the same family for 40-plus years at 40 Palmers Road sold for $4.77 million. The block, near the Princes Freeway, changed hands on a 30-day settlement, Colliers International’s Stephen Newsham and Nick Saunders said.

Geelong

Children will be taking care of an investor in their old age after a self-managed super fund snapped up a 90-place childcare centre for $3.1 million. The centre at 1 Regent Street had a 10-year lease returning annual rent of $204,000. The property transacted on a yield of 6.6 per cent after being on the market for 22 days, Andrew Kelly from Australian Childcare Brokers said.

Clayton

A large crowd watched eight bidders vie for 81-83 Main Road until the hammer came down at $2.6 million. Crabtrees Real Estate’s Matthew Marenko and Chris McKenzie said the free-standing office warehouse sold well over the reserve, partly because of future development potential. “Property demand is extremely high and stock levels are at an all-time low which is leading to outstanding results,” Mr Marenko said.

Truganina

High demand and continued growth in the western market has seen a private investor pay $2.5 million on a 6.9 per cent yield for a new industrial facility at 29 Efficient Drive. The 2227 sq m office warehouse was recently leased to UCS (Underground Cable Systems) for five years, Knight Frank’s Joel Davy said. In another deal, two sites at 199 and 207 Proximity Drive sold for $1.6 million each. Nearby at 111 Technology Drive a 463 sq m site sold for $635,000 representing a rate of $1371 per sq m. Also selling was 191 Proximity Drive which went for $1.565m and 33 Enterprise Way which fetched $880,000. Davy and Tony Tripodi brokered the deals.

Huntingdale

A self-managed super fund investor paid $1.15 million for 38 Shafton Street and $905,000 for 32 Hargreaves Street. Both brand new office/warehouses were leased to tenants for a rental return of $118,000 per annum net plus GST and Outgoings, to Savills Daniel Kelly said.

Ashwood

Middle ring retail assets are still proving popular with investors. A small two-level shop at 9 Yertchuk Avenue sold for $840,000. The property changed hands with a single tenant leasing the lower level for $27,368.40 per annum, Rounds Real Estate’s Colin Rounds said. Another property at 2 Yertchuk Avenue sold soon after the auction in an offmarket deal for $590,000. “The vendor contacted us a few days after the auction asking if we were able to help sell his premises,” Mr Rounds said.

Oakleigh South

A shop with a residence upstairs at 676 Warrigal Road sold under the hammer for $641,000, Ray White Commercial Oakleigh’s Paul Rizzo said. “There were three main bidders and the successful purchaser happens to be local developer,” he said. Meanwhile, a 248 sq m building at 13/94-102 Keys Road in Moorabbin sold off market to a local investor for $495,000, Ryan Amler said.

Malvern

A block at 675 Dandenong Road sold privately for $680,000. The property was leased for $30,000 giving a return of 4.4 per cent. The new owner plans to develop eventually, Philip Prowse from Prowse Burns Commercial said.

Melbourne

After 40 years based in Melbourne’s inner suburbs, design firm SJB has relocated to the city, leasing 860 sq m across two fully self-contained floors at 18 Oliver Lane. Colliers International’s Milly Stockdale negotiated the six-year deal on behalf of Marks Henderson. The gross asking rent was believed to be around $600 per sq m.

LEASES

Hawthorn

Television and multi-media production company The WTFN Group will relocate to a 390 sq m first floor office at 270 Auburn Road on a three-year lease with two three-year options to renew. The firm will pay annual rental of $117,500 net with 3 per cent annual increases in a deal negotiated by Kevin Sheehan and Rory White from Gray Johnson’s newly created eastern office. No incentives were given.

Prahran

Sideshow Coffee, an offshoot from the owners of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, will open in Peregrine Projects’ Luxton development at 30 Chatham Street. Designed by Zwei Architects and stocking Code Black Coffee, the new espresso outlet will pay $72,000 a year in rent.

Mount Waverley

ASX-listed cleaning and security firm, Millennium Services Group, has agreed terms on a new office lease on Level 1 of 205- 211 Forster Road. The modern, fully fitted and furnished 700 sq m office leased for $186,000 per annum net on a five-year term, Savills Australia’s Daniel Kelly said.

MOVERS

Colliers International’s real estate management division has appointed two new recruits. Dev Dulai will join the firm as engineering and operations manager and Tarone Smith as a new senior property manager.

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Investors pump cash into office assets

Investors are viewing the national office markets as the most attractive place for cash as evidenced by the more than $5 billion of assets that have changed hands in the past year.
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One of the latest is the sale of 59 Goulburn Street, Sydney, to the Chinese group I-Prosperity and Toga D&C for $158 million. The vendor was the Singaporean-based Roxy-Pacific Holdings. The sale was through Colliers International and JLL.

There is approval for a hotel and or/office space with ground-level retail on the site.

Taking advantage of the demand for high-quality assets is QIC Real Estate, which is selling its half-share of the MLC Centre, Sydney, worth about $300 million.

There are also suggestions that Brookfield Property is now looking to sell three 25 per cent stakes in its $1 billion Wynyard Place project, with the funds used to help with the development costs.

It comes amid a swath of sales in Melbourne, which have included 40 and 60 City Road, Southgate, worth a combined $340 million, Twenty8 Freshwater Place, Southgate, valued at $286 million and 100 Queen Street, worth $274.5 million.

JLL’s Australian head of research Andrew Ballantyne said investors navigating the Australian office investment landscape have opportunities to satisfy diverse mandates.

“Sydney and Melbourne can be classified as the high-growth markets. Asset pricing is reflective of the strong rental growth outlook with prime net effective rents projected to rise by 34.9 per cent in the Sydney CBD and by 18.7 per cent in the Melbourne CBD from 2017 to 2019.”

Yield spreads to Sydney and Melbourne have widened beyond historical benchmarks and new sources of capital are exploring opportunities to gain exposure to a potential market recovery.

“Real estate investors have shown a bias for low-risk assets. Adelaide and Canberra are the epitome of low risk with the volatility of returns typically lower through the cycle,” Mr Ballantyne said.

Rents for skyscraper offices in Australian cities, are rising faster than those in any other global city, according to the latest Skyscraper Index from Knight Frank.

The report examines the rental performance of commercial buildings over 30 storeys across the world.

Melbourne and Sydney grew the fastest among the cities surveyed at 11 per cent and 10.1 per cent respectively in the six months to the fourth quarter of 2016, amid tightening vacancies and limited new supply.

In Sydney, stock withdrawals to accommodate the new Metro line and residential conversions are reducing the overall supply, while Melbourne had the strongest level of net absorption in 2016.

Knight Frank’s head of office leasing, Australia David Howson said Sydney’s office vacancy is at 6.2 per cent, and is forecast to go as low as 3.5 per cent in the next two years, with the current low vacancy and prospect of even lower vacancy driving rental increases now.

“In Melbourne, the vacancy rate is at 10-year lows at 6.4 per cent,” Mr Howson said.

“Unusually for Melbourne in recent years, the level of new stock additions will be lower in the next 24 months at 113,242 sq m or 1.3 per cent stock growth per annum. This is well below the long-term average of 3.6 per cent per year.”

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