ABC News Charmaine Kane 27 March 2015
Police are searching for six men who forced their way into a home on the Gold Coast hinterland overnight.
Police were called to a house in Austinville Road at Austinville shortly before 10:00pm (AEST).
The officers were told six intruders assaulted the two residents.
ABC News Melissa Maddison 27 March 2015
Three people have been charged after drug raids on two apartments in the Mackay CBD in north Queensland.
Officers searched two separate buildings overnight and seized a “substantial” amount of methylamphetamine, or ‘ice’, and more than $40,000 in cash.
ABC News 27 March 2015
A person has died in a crash between a fuel tanker and a van on the D’Aguilar Highway, near Kilcoy, north-west of Brisbane.
Police said the truck, believed to be carrying 30,000 litres of petrol and diesel, crashed with a van at 10:30am, causing an extensive fuel leak.
Qld Police Media Mar 27, 2015
Police are investigating a burglary with violence that occurred early yesterday morning in Mount Tully.
Sometime between 4 -6am on March 26 three men entered a Marinis Road property. The male and female residents were asleep at the time and it is alleged that one of the offenders physically assaulted the male resident while making threats and demands.
The offenders removed some property from the residence and fled on foot.
The male resident received treatment for his injuries in hospital.
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The Queensland Times Brian Bennion
THE grieving parents of a disabled man who died in Ipswich Hospital after being given high doses of narcotics have slammed the hospital for lack of care and poor treatment.
Bundamba man Julian Klass was taken to hospital with severe stomach pains on September 12, 2011, and died 10 days later from aspiration pneumonia caused by high doses of morphine and anti-psychotic drug olanzapine.
Three nurses and two doctors involved in Julian’s care have been referred to their registration boards for further action following an investigation by the Health Quality and Complaints Commission.
Ipswich Hospital delayed reporting the death to the Coroner for five months as an internal investigation after the death found there was a concern that the combination of morphine and olanzapine may have caused such a level of sedation that it caused aspiration, fluid and food in the lungs from the patient being unable to swallow, which led to his death.
The hospital recently offered the family $11,470 settlement to pay for Julian’s funeral, on condition they signed a confidentiality clause and agreed not to take legal action.
The family decided not to accept the money when asked to sign the disclaimer.
In a review of the death by the Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit, Dr Adam Griffin reported to the Coroner he did not agree with the administration of olanzapine and said it appeared to be used as a sedative.
“This would have decreased Julian’s level of consciousness and made an aspiration event more probable,” Dr Griffin said in the Coroner’s report.
Julian’s parents Lester and Marie Klass said there was inadequate monitoring, even after Julian was “comatosed” from the drugs. Mrs Klass said they stayed by Julian’s bedside throughout his ordeal because hospital staff were not giving him the care he needed.
She said a doctor’s recommendation to put Julian on antiobiotics by drip at 7am was not acted on until 5pm that day.
In his investigation Coroner John Hutton criticised Ipswich Hospital for issues in the “medication and overall systemic issues” present at the time of Julian’s death.
The family met with Ipswich Hospital management on a few occasions and allege the hospital admitted to medical negligence. Mrs Klass said the hospital had to be held accountable.
“Julian was our life. No amount of money is going to bring our son back,” she said.
“It’s the ones that don’t have a voice, the infants, the disabled, they seem to get away with it. Disabled people just fall through the cracks.
“We have to make a stand and be his voice because Julian didn’t have a voice. This should never have happened. He should have been monitored more closely when he was sedated with olanzapine.
“It’s as though they don’t think of them (people with a disability) as a normal person. It’s terrible as a mother to sit up there in hospital with your child and they are not given proper care.”
West Moreton Hospital and Health Service CEO Lesley Dwyer said a “Health Passport” for disabled patients, their families and carers was being implemented by West Moreton in response to investigations into the death.
“The Health Passport will help to identify any special needs the individual patient may have, especially if they are not able to communicate verbally,” she said.
“Mr Klass’s family has kindly helped us design this passport and many of their suggestions have been incorporated into the current version, which will now be subject to wider consultation.”
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The Courier Mail Jessica Marszalek March 27, 2015
THE powerful CFMEU wants mandatory drug tests on all work sites in the wake of safety risks posed by people coming to work affected by ice.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, which has been mired in allegations of links with bikies, yesterday announced a policy on blanket drug and alcohol testing for employers and employees.
The union says people turning up to work under the influence were putting lives at risk and a recent near-miss incident involving a crane that is under investigation was the last straw.
In the same week that an Australian Crime Commission report painted the stark picture of the rise of ice among the country’s drug users, the CFMEU estimated as many as 5 per cent of construction workers used the drug.
CFMEU national construction secretary Dave Noonan said the drug posed a threat not seen for other recreational drug users.
“The emergence of ice has caused us to have a serious discussion about the way forward,” Mr Noonan said.
The union was changing its policy because of concerns raised by members who worried about the safety risks involved with working with colleagues who were either addicts, or had taken drugs or alcohol, he said.
The union wants mandatory saliva testing for employers, construction workers, crane drivers and tradesmen on site.
“Our proposal is not punitive – it’s about safety and providing support for people,” Mr Noonan said.
Master Builders said it was surprised by the new policy but welcomed it.
“Master Builders will sit down with the CFMEU if they are genuine and willing to have sensible discussions on practical solutions on how a testing regime can be implemented,” chief executive Wilhelm Harnisch said.
He said the organisation had been a long-term supporter of compulsory random drug and alcohol testing to ensure workers returned home each day safely to their families.
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Gold Coast Bulletin Meagan Weymes March 26, 2015
FIVE charges have been dropped against a former Black Uhlans bikie in relation to a “terrifying” home invasion in Reedy Creek.
Liborio Di Vita, 37, was charged with common assault, entering premises, forcible entry and two counts of threatening violence in relation to the incident in January 2013.