• Janis Donnelly-Coode

NSW News - 19.08.2020

Updated: Aug 19

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Can hairdressers triage Domestic Violence?


Gareth Ward today launched “Cut it Out” - the first of its type in NSW - a training program for hairdressers to spot signs of #domesticviolence and help refer people to the right supports and services. You can read more about that here.


In any event, for the family law practitioners out there, it may be worth reaching out to a local hair dresser to discuss this initiative, and pointing them in the direction of some useful local servies.

NSW sports and schools restrictions starting 19 August


From Wednesday 19 August all face to face celebrations, zone and district competitions and overnight sporting camps will be banned for six weeks. Schools will also see new restrictions including training of teachers from different schools, and the ceasing of choirs, chanting, wood wind instruments and school social events.


You can read more about those restrictions here and here. There have also been some changes to the border control legislation this week, most recently in relation to agricultural border passes, and you can read that legislation here.

Queensland hospital rejects entry of NSW mother of sick newborn


Chantelle Northfield and her husband, Glen, were unable to fit into the helicopter that flew their son, Harvey, from Lismore to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital on Friday. Lismore paediatrician Chris Ingall said it was a desperate situation, particularly in the vital early days usually shared by a mother and her new baby. "It borders on medical negligence actually because sick babies need their mother's immunity," he said.


You can read more about that story here. The pair have apparently been re-united today (Tuesday).

Justice Connect - Using the law to prevent elder abuse


On Friday Justice Connect announced that in partnership with NSW's Ageing & Disability Commission they would be supporting the Ageing & Disability Abuse Helpline with expert legal advice from their pro bono network. You can read more about that here.


Possible positive COVID result at Parramatta Local Court


The security guard who recently tested positive after working at one of the quarantine hotels may have also been at Parramatta Local Court while he was contagious, there doesn't seem to be a firm position on that yet. You can read more about that here.


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