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Police swarm riverbanks in Melbourne after a woman’s body was found floating in the water

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A body has been found floating in a popular Melbourne river by a passerby, leading to a large number of police swarming the area.

The woman’s body was discovered in the Maribyrnong River, in the inner-city, early on Monday morning.

Victoria Police attended the scene in large numbers, but at this stage are not treating it as suspicious.

The grim discovery was made near Van Ness Avenue, which is a popular location for walkers and joggers.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner. 

More to come 

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Australian companies demand Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews lift lockdown in open letter

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Managing directors and CEOs of Australia’s biggest companies have demanded Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews immediately lift the Melbourne lockdown. 

Seven leaders of Coca-Cola Amatil, Commonwealth Bank, BHP, Newcrest Mining, Wesfarmers, Orica and Incitec Pivot wrote an open letter to the premier on Tuesday. 

Melburnians are currently required to work from home unless they have a permitted worker permit, which only includes essential industries. 

Regional Victorians do not need a permit unless they travel to Melbourne for work.

In the letter, the business leaders – who employ almost 200,000 Australians – said it is ‘critical to Victoria’s economic future’ to reopen before November 2 as planned. 

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) has received an open letter from seven managing directors and CEOs of some of the country's biggest companies. The executives demanded Mr Andrews reopen Melbourne to 'kickstart the economy'

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) has received an open letter from seven managing directors and CEOs of some of the country's biggest companies. The executives demanded Mr Andrews reopen Melbourne to 'kickstart the economy'

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) has received an open letter from seven managing directors and CEOs of some of the country’s biggest companies. The executives demanded Mr Andrews reopen Melbourne to ‘kickstart the economy’ 

‘The current situation is not sustainable. Victorians are hurting badly, personally and economically,’ the letter read. 

‘Victoria’s unemployment and underemployment rates continue to climb. Victorians want to work, to use their skills and talents to their fullest extent, but they aren’t able to. 

‘Our state is facing social and economic challenges of an unprecedented scale, and which will take many years to resolve. All this raises serious questions about how we will attract future talent to Victoria. 

‘We urgently need to kickstart our economy, and as leaders of some of Victoria’s biggest businesses we want to do our bit. We urge you now, in light of the excellent recent progress, to permit the careful and staged return to the workplace of office workers and the small businesses that provide services to them.’  

Coca-Cola Amatil Group Managing Director Alison Watkins

Coca-Cola Amatil Group Managing Director Alison Watkins

Sandeep Biswas, CEO of Newcrest Mining Corp.

Sandeep Biswas, CEO of Newcrest Mining Corp.

Coca-Cola Amatil Group Managing Director Alison Watkins (left), Newcrest Mining CEO Sandeep Biswas (right), Commonwealth Bank CEO Matt Comyn, BHP CEO Mike Henry, Wesfarmers managing director Rob Scott, Orica CEO Alberto Calderón and Incitec Pivot CEO Jeanne Johns signed the open letter to Mr Andrews

The business executives said they ‘have invested millions of dollars implementing COVID-safe plans that are beyond the minimum health requirements’.  

‘With Victoria having made such progress against the virus, it is time now to provide more Victorians with the ability to return to their workplaces in a safe and staged manner,’ they wrote. 

‘We remain ready and willing to work with you and your Government to help make this a reality.’ 

The letter was signed by Coca-Cola Amatil managing director Alison Watkins, Commonwealth Bank CEO Matt Comyn, Newcrest Mining CEO Sandeep Biswas, BHP CEO Mike Henry, Wesfarmers managing director Rob Scott, Orica CEO Alberto Calderón and Incitec Pivot CEO Jeanne Johns. 

Just two people walk on a near-deserted street in Melbourne's normally busy CBD. The business executives called for a 'safe and staged' return to work in the city

Just two people walk on a near-deserted street in Melbourne's normally busy CBD. The business executives called for a 'safe and staged' return to work in the city

Just two people walk on a near-deserted street in Melbourne’s normally busy CBD. The business executives called for a ‘safe and staged’ return to work in the city

It comes after the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) penned a similar letter to Mr Andrews last week. 

COSBOA CEO Peter Strong said ‘unemployment and poverty is going to increase in Victoria from continuing the lockdown’.   

‘Members are saying again and again that many small businesses in Melbourne – whether they be restaurants, bookshops, or hair salons – will not make it through the first quarter of 2021 if they are not able to trade during November and December, the busiest time of year,’ Mr Strong said. 

‘Some sectors are also worried about losing staff to the black market.’

A woman gets a hair cut at Joey Scandizzo Salon in South Yarra on Monday. Hairdressers have reopened, outdoor pools can host 30 swimmers, while real estate auctions can take place outdoors with up to 10 bidders

A woman gets a hair cut at Joey Scandizzo Salon in South Yarra on Monday. Hairdressers have reopened, outdoor pools can host 30 swimmers, while real estate auctions can take place outdoors with up to 10 bidders

A woman gets a hair cut at Joey Scandizzo Salon in South Yarra on Monday. Hairdressers have reopened, outdoor pools can host 30 swimmers, while real estate auctions can take place outdoors with up to 10 bidders

Residents of Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have been trapped at home since the second lockdown began on July 9. 

The city’s second lockdown is currently in its 15th week, although Mr Andrews eased some restrictions on Sunday.  

Under the new rules, groups of up to 10 people from two households can gather outdoors and tennis courts, skate parks and golf courses will reopen. 

Hairdressers have reopened, outdoor pools can host 30 swimmers, while real estate auctions can take place outdoors with up to 10 bidders. 

But Melbourne businesses must wait longer for eased restrictions, with Mr Andrews confirming that retail, hospitality and ‘personal care’ services will stay shut until November 2. 

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The full open letter sent to Mr Andrews by seven managing directors and CEOs of Australia's biggest companies

The full open letter sent to Mr Andrews by seven managing directors and CEOs of Australia's biggest companies

The full open letter sent to Mr Andrews by seven managing directors and CEOs of Australia’s biggest companies 

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Covid-induced stress on doctors and nurses could ‘make them more prone to making errors’

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Covid-induced stress placed on doctors and nurses may leave them more prone to making errors, a top expert has suggested.

Professor Michael West, a fellow of the British Psychological Society who studies mental health in healthcare workers, told MPs that staff in the NHS were already suffering from constant stress ‘and then the pandemic struck’.

One in ten jobs – or 100,000 – are vacant across the health service, leaving current nurses and doctors to pick up the extra strain and with pressures only likely to get worse over the winter months. 

The second wave of the coronavirus outbreak will only squeeze nurses and doctors further, with more than half-a-million contacting its helpline in the eight months since the pandemic began.

Professor Michael West, a fellow of the British Psychological Society, told the Health and Social Care Committee stressed doctors are almost two thirds more likely to make mistakes

Professor Michael West, a fellow of the British Psychological Society, told the Health and Social Care Committee stressed doctors are almost two thirds more likely to make mistakes

Professor Michael West, a fellow of the British Psychological Society, told the Health and Social Care Committee stressed doctors are almost two thirds more likely to make mistakes

Speaking to Parliament’s Health and Social Care Committee, Professor West warned: ‘We know that doctors subject to very high levels of work demand chronically are between 45 and 63 per cent more likely to make a major medical error in the subsequent three months.

He added: ‘The fact that one in four nurses and health visitors leave the NHS within three years of joining it is deeply concerning.

‘And the fact that so many doctors are intending to leave the NHS is also deeply concerning.’

He told the session, which focused on burnout in doctors and nurses, that healthcare staff were around 50 per cent more likely to suffer debilitating levels of stress than those in other professions.

And he suggested that the situation has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. 

It comes after a survey by the Nursing Times, and published in April, found nine in ten nurses felt more anxious or stressed than usual at the start of the outbreak.

Concerns about contracting the virus and the health of family and friends, as well lack of sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), were the most common reasons respondents gave for being more stressed or anxious.

In the session Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s National Mental Health Director, revealed more than £15million would be spent on mental health services for NHS nurses and doctors in ‘special winter support’.

‘(This is) to make sure in every part of the country for all NHS staff we’re launching a service that will get them rapid assessment and treatment, if they need it, for mental health conditions,’ she said.

Claire Murdoch, NHS England's National Mental Health Director said £15million was being made available to fund a specialist mental health support service for NHS employees

Claire Murdoch, NHS England's National Mental Health Director said £15million was being made available to fund a specialist mental health support service for NHS employees

Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s National Mental Health Director said £15million was being made available to fund a specialist mental health support service for NHS employees

She added that her arm of the health service had asked the surgery for another 20,000 staff members to enable it to see an additional 2million patients by the year 2023.

Baroness Dido Harding has refused to reveal how many additional doctors, nurses and support staff the NHS has asked the Treasury to provide funding for, insisting that this will only be published when the results of the Budget Review are announced in the Autumn.

The Health and Social Care Committee hearing was chaired by former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. 

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Tragedy as fit and healthy powerlifter dad takes his own life leaving behind heart broken girlfriend

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The heartbroken partner of a bodybuilder who took his own life aged 34 wants his premature death to make the public more aware of their loved one’s mental struggles.

Trent Dance was found dead at his Ipswich home, in Queensland, last week, a month shy of his 35th birthday.

While the keen powerlifter and fitness fanatic was candid about his long struggle with depression with some friends, no one saw he had rapidly hit rock bottom.

The only clue came too late: a chilling Instagram post a day before his death which detailed Mr Dance’s struggles with depression and lack of motivation.

His girlfriend Samara Thorpe, who made the grim discovery of the body, was among those shocked by how quickly Mr Dance’s struggle reached its climax.

Samara Thorpe is mourning the recent tragic death of her partner Trent  Dance (pictured)

Samara Thorpe is mourning the recent tragic death of her partner Trent  Dance (pictured)

Samara Thorpe is mourning the recent tragic death of her partner Trent  Dance (pictured)

‘A few people knew Trent was struggling with depression, which he battled for a long time,’ a devastated Ms Thorpe told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘I just thought that was Trent in a sense.

‘I didn’t take it as seriously as I should have.

‘For him, it got to a stage where he finally had enough and couldn’t take it any more.

‘He had a sickness that took him.’

Mr Dance had a son, 16, and daughter, 12 from a previous relationship and played a step-dad figure to Ms Thorpe’s young children aged five and four.

‘He loved the gym, his kids, friends and family,’ Mr Thorpe said.

‘He worked in a factory, which he wanted to get out of and was studying to become a remedial therapist. He also wanted to train and coach other powerlifters.’

This is the last photo of the fitness fanatic and devoted dad, posted a day before his death

This is the last photo of the fitness fanatic and devoted dad, posted a day before his death

This is the last photo of the fitness fanatic and devoted dad, posted a day before his death

Trent Dance uploaded a chilling last post on October 10. He was found dead the next day

Trent Dance uploaded a chilling last post on October 10. He was found dead the next day

Trent Dance uploaded a chilling last post on October 10. He was found dead the next day

The couple met at a local bar earlier this year and instantly connected over a mutual love for rapper Eminem.

‘We were both coming out of bad relationships at the time,’ Ms Thorpe said.

‘He was a big, manly looking man but so gentle and caring at the time.’

Hours before his death, Mr Dance vowed to turn his life around after his latest battle with depression left him unmotivated and eating and sleeping like ‘s***’.

‘Anxiety has been off the charts,’ he captioned an Instagram photo of himself training on October 10.

Mr Dance had a son, 16, and daughter, 12 from a previous relationship and played a step-dad figure to Ms Thorpe's young children aged five and four

Mr Dance had a son, 16, and daughter, 12 from a previous relationship and played a step-dad figure to Ms Thorpe's young children aged five and four

Mr Dance had a son, 16, and daughter, 12 from a previous relationship and played a step-dad figure to Ms Thorpe’s young children aged five and four

‘The last couple of weeks have beaten me down. I haven’t been in a good place.

‘I’ve let everything defeat me and I’ve allowed myself to suffer waiting for something to fix it and pull me out of the pit I put myself in. 

‘Enough is enough. Time to get up, shake it off, surround myself with some positivity and take back my life.’

Ms Thorpe found her partner’s lifeless body after she returned home from a night out with friends.

‘If I known he was in such a dark place, I would have never gone out,’ Ms Thorpe said.

‘I never saw the warning signs but after going through the last messages he sent, the signs were there.’  

Samara Thorpe opened up about her partner's tragic death to Daily Mail Australia  in the hope some positive will come out the tragedy that has rocked the Ipswich community

Samara Thorpe opened up about her partner's tragic death to Daily Mail Australia  in the hope some positive will come out the tragedy that has rocked the Ipswich community

Samara Thorpe opened up about her partner’s tragic death to Daily Mail Australia  in the hope some positive will come out the tragedy that has rocked the Ipswich community

Trent Dance (pictured) often spoke with friends about his struggle with depression

Trent Dance (pictured) often spoke with friends about his struggle with depression

Trent Dance (pictured) often spoke with friends about his struggle with depression

Mr Dance’s funeral will be held this Friday, followed by a separate tribute service the following day.

A few days after his death, Ms Thorpe and his best mate decided to organise a fundraiser at at World Gym Ipswich on November 20, three days after what would have been his 35th birthday.

The event will raise funds for Livin’, a local mental health charity Mr Dance was a passionate supporter of prior to his death.

Members of the powerlifting community Mr Dance was part of will lift as much weight as they can with a dollar raised for each kilogram lifted.

‘I want to make sure Trent’s story is not a lost cause and maybe help other people in the same position,’ Ms Thorpe told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I want to take away the stigma for people to take mental health awareness more seriously.’

‘To those struggling with depression, I want them to know there are people who really care and that there is help out there.’

Samara knew of her boyfriend's struggle with depression but did't see the warning signs. 'It got to a stage where he finally had enough and couldn't take it any more,' she said

Samara knew of her boyfriend's struggle with depression but did't see the warning signs. 'It got to a stage where he finally had enough and couldn't take it any more,' she said

Samara knew of her boyfriend’s struggle with depression but did’t see the warning signs. ‘It got to a stage where he finally had enough and couldn’t take it any more,’ she said

Tributes continued to flow for Trent Dance, who died weeks shy of his 35th birthday

Tributes continued to flow for Trent Dance, who died weeks shy of his 35th birthday

Tributes continued to flow for Trent Dance, who died weeks shy of his 35th birthday

Ms Thorpe is organising the fundraiser with the help of Sam Johnson, who runs local gym and fitness centre Healthy You HQ.

‘I only knew Trent a short time but he often spoke about his battle with depression,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘While his death was a shock to us and had no idea he was about to take his own life, he was relatively open about his struggles.’

‘He was so genuinely happy and positive  outside his battle. It shows it can affect anyone, regardless of how fit and healthy you are.

Mr Johnson hopes the local community will band together for an open discussion about suicide prevention and mental health.

‘People need to start talking it about it more,’ he said. 

‘We want to educate people on how to assist others in need of help.’ 

For confidential support call Lifeline: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au or Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636. 

Samara and Trent met at a local bar earlier this year and bonded over their love for Eminem

Samara and Trent met at a local bar earlier this year and bonded over their love for Eminem

Samara and Trent met at a local bar earlier this year and bonded over their love for Eminem

 

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