Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Uni staff told to avoid politically sensitive lessons
A Sydney university has recommended staff self-censor teaching material to keep students in China enrolled during the pandemic.
The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) conducted a working group in February to discuss how to keep Chinese international students enrolled by teaching them online.
An internal university memo obtained by the ABC highlighted concerns the Chinese Government may “turn off” all communication from the university over any teaching material that may be seen as politically sensitive.
The university’s working group recommended teaching material avoid any mention of topics which may be politically inaccurate, citing territories of China as one example.
UTS said there have been no issues with teaching students online so far.
False positive for Newmarch House resident
Anglicare says it is relieved a resident of the Newmarch House aged care facility received a false positive COVID-19 result yesterday.
“We can confirm the resident who originally tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday at Newmarch House is now negative,” spokesman Chris Pettett said.
NSW Health said the initial positive result had been “weak”, which was not uncommon in cases where people have previously been infected and recovered from the virus.
Newmarch House was at the centre of Australia’s second deadliest COVID-19 cluster earlier this year, with 19 deaths.
Sydney Olympic volunteers praised on 20th anniversary
Former Sydney Olympics Minister, Michael Knight, has paid tribute to volunteers from the 2000 games, saying they made a unique contribution.
The Sydney Olympics opened 20 years ago tonight in a stadium that was the centrepiece of a precinct built on an industrial site.
Mr Knight said no city could host a 21st century Olympics without volunteers, and that Sydney set the benchmark.
“The Sydney volunteers took it to a whole new level and no one’s matched the Sydney volunteers … and the spirit that they had,” he said.
“You’d find people who were volunteers at Central railway station, and they’d start singing directions to the crowds spontaneously.”
Women struggle to access abortion during COVID
Women’s health workers say legislation to decriminalise abortion passed a year ago has done little to improve access in regional NSW.
NSW has one of the lowest per capita rates of GPs who can do medical abortions, and most of those are concentrated around Sydney and Newcastle.
It’s a problem only made worse by the coronavirus pandemic, with requirements for patients to self-isolate if crossing borders for health services, and limits to who can access the service via telehealth.
Managing director of Marie Stopes Australia Jamal Hakim said the organisation had been providing subsidised medical abortions for a long time but needed Government support.
“In NSW it has been very much decriminalisation is done, now walk away,” he said.
Concussion links to domestic violence
Labor MP Anna Watson will today lodge a notice of motion in the NSW Parliament calling on the Government to introduce concussion protocols for domestic violence victims.
Ms Watson said the protocols could mirror those already in place for sports-related head injuries.
“A Brain Injury Australia report has already said that 40 per cent of victims of family violence sustain a brain injury so what are we waiting for here — it is obvious what needs to be done.”
Illawarra-based psychiatrist Karen Williams said guidelines were needed so women who present with unexplained head injuries can be identified, asked the right questions and provided treatment for potential brain trauma.
Man attacked with sledgehammer
Police are searching for two men who attacked another man with a sledgehammer near Newcastle.
The 38-year-old man was chased by two men at Stockton just before midnight on Sunday, and struck in the head and legs.
He was treated for a fractured skull, abrasions and bruising at Newcastle Hospital.
His alleged attackers are described as being of Caucasian appearance. One is aged 20-30 years old, while the other is in his mid-40s.