1. Two people died during the thunderstorm asthma outbreak in Melbourne.
At least two people died after a thunderstorm triggered hundreds of ‘thunderstorm asthma’ attacks across Melbourne on Monday nigh, forcing several hospitals to enact disaster management plans.
Nine News reports that one of the tragic deaths was a 20-year-old, Hope Carnevali, who died on the front lawn of her home after she could not be revived while waiting for an ambulance.
Carnevali’s uncle told Nine News it had taken an ambulance 30 minutes to arrive.
“She was very kind-hearted, beautiful gorgeous little girl. She’d do anything for anyone,” he said of the law student. “If somebody needed her she’d be there. She was an angel. We’re going to miss her so much.”
Health Minister, Jill Hennessy, said the ambulance delays would be the subject of a full investigation.
“No doubt, there will be lessons to learn, there always are in these cases, but every part of our emergency management surge occurred correctly,” Ms Hennessy said.
Ms Carnevali’s uncle told Nine News that patients should be informed if there were going to be delays of 20 minutes of half an hour.
“So maybe we can take them straight to hospital where it can save a life, because I’ve lost my niece, maybe for that reason,” he said.
The second death was said to be a school leaver who had just completed year 12.
2. Twenty-three children died in NSW last year because they missed out on the vaccines that could have saved their lives.
A report has found that of the children who died from preventable diseases in NSW from 2015 to 2014 found almost half of the deaths were avoidable had the children been fully vaccinated against the diseases in question.
The Child Death Review found that the main vaccine preventable diseases responsible for the deaths were influenza, which killed 15 children; meningococcal which killed 12; pneumococcal was responsible for 16 deaths and whooping cough claimed the lives of four babies.
Acting NSW Ombudsman Professor John McMillan told The Daily Telegraph the report was an important one.
“While highlighting that immunisation has been successful in dramatically reducing the number of child deaths from infectious diseases, it shows that deaths in children from potentially preventable infectious diseases continue to occur in NSW, particularly in young infants,” he said.
The review comes as NSW Health announces plans to make it tougher for parents to claim conscientious objection for childcare and to enforce parents of high school students to provide details of their child’s vaccination status.
Public health officers who already have the power to exclude unvaccinated children from childcare care and primary school during outbreaks of diseases like measles will now extend this to high schools, The Daily Telegraph reports.
3. Man charged with manslaughter over the death of his girlfriend’s toddler son, Mason Jet Lee, denied bail.
A man who allegedly rubbed the face of a dying toddler in his own vomit after allegedly beating him has been refused bail.
William Andrew O’Sullivan, 36, is accused of inflicting a fatal blow to toddler Mason Lee’s abdomen.
Mason died on June 10, but was not found until a day later.
Reports say that several people told Mr O’Sullivan to take Mason to hospital in the days leading up to his death but he ignored them.