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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 29th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 30, 2009 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au REBECCA WOOLLEY Infant deaths 'reviewable' claims DoCS A MASSIVE 94 per cent of babies and children whose deaths were investigated by the NSW Ombudsman were already known to the Department of Community Services, a report has found. Based on the latest figures for 2007, a total of 603 babies, toddlers, children and young people died across the state, while 162 of them were classed as ''reviewable'' deaths. This meant they either died due to abuse, neglect, under sus- picious circumstances, in a care or detention facility or because the child or a sibling had been referred to DoCS in the last three years, which was the case for 152 of them. According to the report, 66 per cent -- or 107 of the 162 children whose deaths were reviewed by Ombudsman Bruce Barbour -- were aged under four. A total of 72 ''reviewable'' deaths occurred at the child's home, 57 in a hospital or health facility -- the majority dying soon after their birth -- with others at another private home, location, public place or residential service. ''Almost half of the drowning deaths of Australian children under five years of age occur in backyard pools, with researchers reporting inadequate supervision and inadequate pool security as significant contributing factors,'' the report said. ''Toddlers have been identified as being at particular risk of drowning. ''The reason young children are at greater risk of drowning is due to a combination of children's low risk awareness, undeveloped gross motor skills, mobility and natural curiosity. ''Toddlers are also physically vulnerable to drowning as they are top heavy and more prone to toppling forward.'' In one case a baby drowned in the bath after being left by a parent under the supervision of a sibling who was a toddler. The report said results from a 10-year study showed that 10 per cent of deaths of children and young people were in motor ve- hicle crashes. A small number of children died co-sleeping with their parents or were killed by a parent following a physical assault. Our glamour pusses miss out on crown SHIREEN KHALIL Alana Emblen and Carissa Walford as cheerleaders and, inset, competing in Miss Universe Australia. TWO Wests Tigers cheerleaders who were finalists in the Miss Universe Australia pageant may have missed out on the crown but are still grateful for the experience. On Wednesday night at Sydney's Hilton Hotel, Carissa Walford, 21, and Alana Emblen, 21, both from Cronulla, strutted their stuff in three different outfits. But unfortunately it wasn't enough to take home the title. Ms Emblen said the standard was extremely high this year. ''Everyone was stunning inside and out and very well-spoken, so it was a pretty hard competition,'' she said. Ms Emblen, who joined the Wests Tigers' cheerleader squad this year, ruled out trying out for the pageant next year. ''I've got the experience now and I think I should give someone a chance to experience it all,'' she said. ''I accomplished what I wanted, which was to be part of the pageant and enjoy the night.'' But Ms Walford, who made it into the pageant's top 10, hopes to win the crown next year. ''I think my height let me down but hopefully next year I can win it for all the 5'7" (170cm) girls out there,'' she said. Although they didn't get to follow in the footsteps of idol and 2004 Miss Universe, Jennifer Hawkins, the contestants agreed Rachel Finch deserved the crown. ''I think she's gorgeous. She just exudes perfection and I pictured her to win from the beginning,'' Ms Walford said. ''She (Rachel) tried out last year, so she was back again this year to take the crown and did it very well.'' The glamour girls will focus on their cheerleading as well as pursuing their modelling careers. M4 John St Frances St Nyrang St Parramatta Rd City Spotlight 195
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