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NSW LAVINIA STEELE: Missing from Yagoona, NSW - 30 May 2015 - Age 48

Discussion in 'Australia: Missing & Unidentified' started by MarlyWings, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    NSW Police Force

    Yesterday at 12:12am ·

    Police are appealing for public help to locate a 48-year-old woman reported missing from Yagoona.

    Lavinia Steele was last seen at a health care facility on Cooper Road about 4pm yesterday (Saturday 30 May 2015). She has not returned.

    Police and Ms Steele’s family are concerned for her welfare due to her requiring ongoing medication for a number of medical conditions.

    She was described to police as being of Caucasian appearance, 150-160cm, of medium build and with brown hair and eyes.


    Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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  2. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    I cant find anything online for Lavinia since June 2.
    Hopefully she is all good, back at home and ive just overlooked her located safe and well updates. :dunno:
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    MULDER Bronze Member

    I hope they found her too..
    Still no mention of her in main stream media, or, maybe she was reported found but the search engines aren't picking her particular name up and status.

    Hope you have been found Lavinia.
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  4. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

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    If this is the right facility it has been under investigation -


    Main Stream Media

    A report from the ABC 2001 - published 2014

    Yagoona Nursing Home under investigation

    PM Archive - Thursday, 21 June , 2001
    Reporter: David Mark

    MARK COLVIN: Well the federal Aged Care Standards Agency isn't the only body investigating the Yagoona Nursing Home. The New South Wales Health Department first investigated the home in 1998.

    A spokesman told PM the Department is keeping a watching brief on the home because of concerns over the quality of care and the safety of residents.

    The Department investigated the death of a woman, Mrs Eileen Thomas last March, following a complaint by her son and recommended that the Health Care Complaints Commission investigate three staff members.

    The owner of the Yagoona Nursing Home, Mrs Millie Phillips, says that Mrs Thomas' death is tragic. She spoke to David Mark.

    MILLIE PHILLIPS: I want to say that the death of Mrs Eileen Thomas is the most tragic case in my 40 years in owning and running nursing homes. These things should, just should not happen.

    DAVID MARK: Do you accept any responsibility yourself for Mrs Thomas' death?

    MILLIE PHILLIPS: It's very difficult given that you have managers who assure you in writing, which I have, that we have no pressure areas, and that they're handled properly and expeditiously when they have. I don't know that I can be expected to go into the nursing home to check 150 patients on a regular basis.

    DAVID MARK: The report of the deaths comes on top of other reports about substandard facilities at Yagoona Nursing Home. Why should your nursing home continue to be accredited?

    MILLIE PHILLIPS: Well they're at substandard is not true. I'm sorry, it's all based on, on fiction. There is nothing substandard about Yagoona Nursing Home. It received five ... three years accreditation I think about seven months ago. Nothing has changed in the building since then.

    DAVID MARK: You would deny that there is a culture of substandard care at the home?

    MILLIE PHILLIPS: I'm denying that there is any standard but excellent standard at Yagoona.

    DAVID MARK: The New South Wales Health Department though has raised concerns about Yagoona and, and is keeping a watching brief on the home because of concerns over patient care.

    MILLIE PHILLIPS: Well I don't know that there's any truth in that. I'd like to see that in writing because I've met with them yesterday, patient care was not mentioned. What they were talking about was when we were going to get on with the building for . to meet the 203 year improvement. I've met with them again this afternoon, and I'm afraid patient care has never been mentioned as, as an area of concern.

    DAVID MARK: Are you concerned about the message that Mrs Thomas' death and other incidents at Yagoona might be sending to patients and their relatives.

    MILLIE PHILLIPS: Well patients and their relatives were called to a meeting by the Commonwealth two weeks ago, and care . the room was full of relatives and carers and patients, and I'm afraid nobody complained about any of the problems that you hear about in the media. They complained about having baked beans on spongy bread, they complained of underwear, women's underwear being returned with men's clothing from the laundry. These residents have lived there, some of them for 22 years.

    MARK COLVIN: The owner of the Yagoona Nursing Home, Mrs Millie Phillips with David Mark.
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    MULDER Bronze Member

    Further reading - Open page - scroll down to the Yagoona Nursing Home at bottom of page


    extract: 2008 -
    THE owner of a nursing home that is the subject of an inquest into the death of one of its residents threatened one of the witnesses due to give evidence, the inquest heard yesterday.
    Donald Fairbairn died on September 23, 2006, aged 81, a day after a nurse at the home injected him with 10 times his prescribed dose of insulin. The coroner is determining his cause of death.
    " When Ms Fairbairn told her that she was the daughter of the deceased, [Mrs Phillips] is alleged to have said: 'This is your fault we're having this inquest. He was old and going to die. You've got pro-bono lawyers. You're not going to get any money - he was worth nothing. He was old and sick anyway.' "

    After the inquest, Mrs Phillips allegedly physically barred Ms Fairbairn from leaving the court and told her that she was not welcome back at Yagoona Nursing Home, where she has a casual job singing to residents. She was told that she would be escorted from the premises if she came back.
    Mr MacPherson said that if true it was a serious matter and made orders preventing Mrs Phillips from attending the remainder of the proceedings.

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    MULDER Bronze Member

    I wonder what the care of the facility has been since then up until now? -
    Not by the standards of any Boards or tick-box assessments, but the actual level of care.
    If Lavinia hasnt been found - then I have concerns.

    In the header post for Lavinia's thread, the Main Stream Media says:
    (My bold)
    Lavinia Steele is missing from Yagoona, Australia
    Police are appealing for public help to locate a 48-year-old woman reported missing from Yagoona.
    Lavinia Steele was last seen at a health care facility on Cooper Road about 4pm yesterday (Saturday 30 May 2015).
    She has not returned.

    Police and Ms Steele’s family are concerned for her welfare due to her requiring ongoing medication for a number of medical conditions.

    The report never mentioned that she had left the facility - so I am not sure why they are saying that she 'Never returned'.
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  11. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    WTH IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE! A "Nurse" ?!!!! There have been several I can think of in the past who killed numerous Patients. When these people are trusted to help Patients from their Families and they do the opposite. It is PURE EVIL! ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THE "Elderly".!
  12. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    "Lavinia" was my " Great Grandmother's" Name. 1900-1927. I hope "Lavinia" is O.K.
    It seems like they just gave up looking for her. And She deserved way better than to be treated as a "Throw away". That's what it seems like to me. With initial missing announcement. Then NOTHING!
  13. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    It sounds suspicious to me. Especially when the original report dosen't state sge left and didn't return. The "Facility" could say..."Oh well the person who took the report got it wrong". Someone did something or something happened. So this would be an easy explanation without them showing fault.

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