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HALTs spreading the word about mental health within the tradie community

In 2013 HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies) founder Jeremy Forbes was at a funeral for one of his mates, a tradie. After the funeral, at the wake, he was talking to more mates, many of them tradies. There had beenm 5-6 tradies suicide in the mount Alexander shire in the 18 months pire.

The group had been to five or six funeral in the 18 month prior for men who had suicided. One question kept popping up in the conversations.

“Whos next?”

Mr Forbes said that was the catalyst for him to realise something needed to be done to help the tradie community and stop the culture that was driving more and more men to suicide.

Nationally the number of people who suicide is double the road toll. In the Dubbo region suicides are three times higher than the road toll for the same area, however both locally and nationally the budget for suicide prevention is significantly lower.

Mr Forbes was in Dubbo recently to get the HALT message out to the tradie, and the wider community.

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In 2013 HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies) founder Jeremy Forbes was at a funeral for one of his mates, a tradie. After the funeral, at the wake, he was talking to more mates, many of them tradies. There had beenm 5-6 tradies suicide in the mount Alexander shire in the 18 months pire.

The group had been to five or six funeral in the 18 month prior for men who had suicided. One question kept popping up in the conversations.

“Whos next?”

Mr Forbes said that was the catalyst for him to realise something needed to be done to help the tradie community and stop the culture that was driving more and more men to suicide.

Nationally the number of people who suicide is double the road toll. In the Dubbo region suicides are three times higher than the road toll for the same area, however both locally and nationally the budget for suicide prevention is significantly lower.

Mr Forbes was in Dubbo recently to get the HALT message out to the tradie, and the wider community.

“Im here because the Dubbo community cares, and I think we all have a role to play in reducing the rates of suicide.

“Theres a huge economic benefit to having a mentally healthy workplace. We do the physical thing. We need to do the mental health thing,” he said.

“You never know whats going on inside each individual person.”

Mr Forbes spent a week in the Dubbo community, taking part in several events around town including the Boys Day Out racing meet, a tradies breakfast at Astleys and the Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting.

Mr Forbes said he had been to a lot of communities in Australia but Dubbo was the first that had invited him with a large amount of community groups already organised for him to speak too.

“Ive really been blown away with the friendliness and the pro-activeness of the community, and we are talking about the possibility of getting a HALT worker in Dubbo at some stage, to continue to message around this region.”

Mr Forbes said he was in talks with community groups to come back to the Dubbo region sometime during August or September to work with vulnerable sections of the community.

Mr Forbes worked in the industry as a painter and decorator for 25 years before forming HALT.

He said he had experienced and witnessed the “racist, sexist, misogynistic, domestic violence and drug abuse, Alcohol that were all that part of the tradie culture.”

While small steps were being undertaken to rid the industry of that culture, most changes would come from a generational shift, and thats why HALT was so important.

“We need to get rid of the youll be right culture, its not helping anyone at all not to talk about your emotions. Its something we learnt from our grandfathers – they went to war, some came back with PTSD, they didnt talk and it really affected them and their families. We know what affect it has and I think its really important to have those conversations.”

Mr Forbes co-founded HALT with visual artist Catherine Pilgrim following a conversation about what they could do to raise raise awareness about mental health within the tradie community.

HALTs Save your Bacon breakfasts were started at a local hardware store.

“We thought about where we could have the event where tradies would go, where they would feel socially included. They wouldnt go to a health centre, most of them dont, so we thought we would do it in a hardware store.”

The duo came up with the Save your Bacon slogan and their breakfasts were born.

Their first breakfast in 2013 had around 40-50 people. Fast forward to 2018 and they have done 200 events across five states. While they started in the hardware stores, they have now branched out and are speaking and holding events at TAFE with apprentices, farming communities, sporting clubs and mens sheds.

The foundation continues to move forward with a TED talk to be launched soon, taking the organisation to a global audience.

If you or somebody you know needs assistance please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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