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about hospital mistakes - Also tonight - the shocking truth every day. 50 people are dying needlessly of a good night's sleep. Plus, the secret finding the right mattress. It's all about if your child is gifted. And how to work out

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should have no greater concern First, a childcare centre it looks after. than the safety of the children has put her job on the line. Well, now a worker at one centre before it's too late. She hopes to get some action Leave the premises please. So you won't talk to us?

No. the safety breaches We want to talk about child-care centre. at your Hatton Vale

and she won't come and talk to us. So she's out the back That's correct. very soon, If things aren't fixed up here will have blood on their hands. one day soon the centre 'You can't do any better', Mother Goose child-care centre. so says the sign out front of this Don't believe everything you read.

and smack their heads on here. They often trip up this This is very, very sharp, or try to put their hands in, if children touch this

hand open, if not their wrist. they can actually slice their whole

has turned whistleblower. Staff childcare worker Kathy Hicks as teachers here, It worries us a lot about not having enough staff we're constantly being frustrated that need fixing, to monitor all the areas where children are escaping from.

She's had enough. And if we get a major storm one day

will just fall down on top of them. then we are very fearful that this is falling apart, Her employer's child-care centre won't do anything about it. and she says the owners she showed us through. So when no-one was around, falling off doors, We've got flyscreens

put their hands through so the children can actually and unlock doors, and they climb up the doors as well if not get their hands stuck, while they're climbing them. and the screens just fall off

We've got lights that are broken, that are just hanging, security lights from outside everywhere. there's bare wires exposed the children just pull these off. This here just pulls off, straight through here. Their little bodies just fit will get run over one day. I'm very fearful that the children recalls in horror one such escape. Mother of three Peta Polemier escaped into the car park, Three children had jumped the fence,

the road looked like they were heading across

in the yard at the time and the three teachers had to go and chase each of the kids in different directions because they were going was no supervision in the centre and basically as far as I knew there for the rest of the children.

that Kathy had lifted the lid When word got out today on the centre's safety breaches, children and staff were kept safely indoors. Some parents praising her actions. Kathy's horror tour of the Hatton Vale Mother Goose child-care centre represents a potential nightmare for all its parents. And if children get their fingers stuck down there or stand on this here, it'll just fall off the wall and fall on top of them. This swing is all starting to fray so if the children swing on it, because they're always on it, they love it and it's basically the only swing we have, it could snap very quickly. And when they fall off there's bolts sticking out of the ground, there's supposed to be a certain amount of soft fall here. We've been asking for months for it but we just don't get it. These here are our hat racks, they're all breaking off which are quite sharp. We have screws sticking out of them. But it's not just safety aspects she's concerned about.

There's not enough educational toys to stimulate them. With the toys that we've got

we cannot develop them to their full potential. And this isn't the first time a Mother Goose child-care centre has come under the spotlight. On December 9 last year, a Mother Goose child-care centre at Roma in western Queensland was closed by the authorities. Health, hygiene and maintenance issues meant children's safety and well being was at risk.

If has since been reopened but is under careful scrutiny by the Department of Families and Community Services. 14 of the centres are currently up for sale, and Kathy claims little money is being spent on fixing problems. Not a great deal happens when we make complaints, they just brush us off. They include the owners who refused to answer questions

about the safety of children in their care. She's hiding out the back, is that right? Please leave. She won't answer these allegations, is the business being sold? Thank you. My ultimate fear with this centre is that with the kids one day we're going to be too busy, being occupied trying to deal with other situations with the children's behaviour, that we're going to overlook one and one's going to get seriously hurt.

And Mother Goose won't accept responsibility. The children are the main priority here and they should always definitely come first, their safety, their development, everything, rather than money. By the way, Kathy did go to work today,

but a whistleblower's job is a thankless one. I was asked to go home early today, not sure if I will have a job tomorrow. not sure if I will hav

Brady Halls there. And Kathy Hicks did not receive any payment for that story. Now to Michael Jackson and the woman who still wants to see him thrown into jail. She says it's not over -

not when you recall what Jackson himself said in this notorious interview. Why can't you share your bed? The most loving thing to do is to share your bed with someone. REPORTER: Haven't you got a spare room or a spare house here where he could have stayed? Yeah, but, no, yes - we have guest units, but whenever kids come here they always want to stay with me, stay with me. Despite today's not guilty verdict, Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred won't stop her campaign to have Michael Jackson's three children taken away from him. Despite today's not guilty verdict, Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred won't stop her campaign to have Michael Jackson's three children taken away from him. Gloria, thank you for talking to me. For you it's been a long, personal campaign. Were you surprised by the result? Well, I think it's a sad day, Ray, for the justice system, because I think that the defence was successful in attacking the mother's credibility and her character and also I think we really can't totally discount the power of celebrity in this case. I think they had sufficient evidence to convict if they wished to, but they didn't.

Some of the jurors have said since that verdict that they didn't like the mother snapping fingers and the way she stared at them. Yeah. I was there, Ray, on the day that she testified. I was in the courtroom. And I have to say that either she was not prepared to be a witness or she was not prepared well enough to be a witness. I don't know if anyone could have prepared her. But it's fair to say she really was a disaster on the witness stand and I felt that when I was in the courtroom.

It may not be all over, however, for Mr Jackson. So if he's breaking out the champagne tonight, might be a bit premature, because that child could still decide to file a civil lawsuit against Mr Jackson,

just like a civil lawsuit was filed against OJ Simpson after he was acquitted in a criminal case some years ago. If in the civil case, if there is one, he would have to take the witness stand and it might be the jury does not believe him

after they hear him testify under oath,

which he didn't do in the criminal case. The prosecutor's labelled Mr Jackson as a deviant, said that he used Neverland as a 'pervert's lair', plying boys with booze and porn to molest them. Do you agree? My question now is, what is Mr Jackson going to do? Is he going to continue to invite young boys between the age of 10 and 13, boys to whom he's unrelated, to sleep in his bed with him?

You might think that after this criminal case that he wouldn't. We'll have to wait and see. I hope someone discourages Mr Jackson, but the question is, can anybody control Mr Jackson?

Can Mr Jackson even control himself? Gloria, I take it that like a lot of people, that this trial and the verdict has not changed your opinion of Michael Jackson? Well, I'm still concerned, Ray, about his children.

I have filed complaints with Child Protective Services saying that his children should be removed at least temporarily

and placed under the jurisdiction of the court so that the court could determine where they should be temporarily placed.

It has been a nightly soap opera, a daily soap opera in America,

like the OJ Simpson trial. Do you think Americans are divided tonight? I think that they are. But I think that a lot of people feel that, you know,

they say where there's smoke, there's fire, if it looks like a duck and it walks like a duck and it talks like a duck, it probably is a duck. In this case, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck and acts like a duck well, I guess the jury has decided it's just Michael Jackson and not a duck at all. So people will be debating this for a long time, just like they did in the case of People versus Orenthal James Simpson. Thank you for your time. Thank you for your thoughts too. Thank you, Ray. OK, now to a story that I know will shock you. We've all heard the news reports about Bundaberg Hospital, where it seems at least 87 people died because of the man now labelled Dr Death. What if I told you 50 people die every day because of mistakes in our hospitals. 50 a day! I found it hard to believe too until I read this report to the Federal Government.

It estimates 18,000 Australians died in hospitals in just one year. You go to hospital to get better. You don't expect to come out worse or in a box. Whether you read the autopsy report, we buried a healthy woman. Still very annoyed that doctors in the 21st century can make such stupid mistakes.

This is a better health system than we give it credit for. And I'm frankly sick of the denigration of the Australian health system. REPORTER: the detail on just how many people died linked to Dr Jayant Patel. Under Dr Jayant Patel, 87 patients died in the Bundaberg Hospital - that's 87 mothers and fathers and babies and loved ones.

Believe it or not, Bundaberg Hospital is just the tip of the iceberg. You shouldn't be allowing this number of deaths to be occurring every week, every month, every year in Australian health care. Professor Stephen Bolson is Geelong Hospital's director of anaesthesia. He's a hospital whistleblower with impeccable credentials. The hospital was receiving money for the operations that Dr Patel did -

whether he did them well or whether he did them badly, the hospital was being funded for that.

So mistakes and deaths go on because we need the money? Yes. That's exactly what we did. He came out and said, "I've lost her" She's gone to hospital with an asthma attack and she's just died. And I couldn't believe it

because nobody dies from an asthma attack in this day and age. Bill Long's had a stroke since his beloved wife June died.

So daughter Lorraine and husband Clive look after him. But every day, Bill reminds them of the wife and mother who didn't come home. We believe what the hospital said to us - she died of natural causes. One doctor even said to me, "Your mother had a good innings."

Did the Coroner find malpractice? Yes. Used that word? He contributed the death to the Alfred Hospital and a doctor. They describe your mother's death as an 'adverse event'. Adverse event, yeah. How would you describe it? A waste of a good life. Ruth Sorenson went to an Adelaide hospital with a painful stomach ache.

She was sent home by a doctor without an X-ray or a full medical examination. Mrs Sorenson died a few hours later of a blocked bowel. The Coroner found that the doctor was a deeply troubled medico. The emergency ward is a not a place where you put doctor that's having problems of his own. Two years before Mrs Sorensen's death,

patients had complained about Dr Marrow's behaviour. They said he'd been irrational and hysterical. His own psychiatrist reported to the Medical Board that he was depressed and abusing drugs, that he'd been smoking marijuana 10 times a day. Yet, with all this information, the Medical Board did nothing to protect the patients. They let him come back here and work in emergency. Dr Marrow says he can't remember what happened at the hospital that night?

Well, 10 cones of marijuana and a few antidepressants, I don't think I could remember. Despite admitting to a drug problem, no evidence was presented to the Coroner that showed Dr Marrow was affected that night.

But Eric Sorensen, a veteran firefighter, says that doesn't excuse the medical board. If they're presented with evidence on a regular basis,

they should take action.

The medical board is a part of the problem. It's almost like, "Don't you question us. We're doctors." Since her mother's death 12 years ago, Lorraine Long has been campaigning for hospital safety. How many cases a week, a month, would you have come to your office? We get about 70 a day. 70 a day? Yeah. If hospitals and doctors have done nothing wrong, why do they go to such lengths to cover up nothing? That's Sarah. That's Sarah, OK. The kids have been robbed of a grandfather that they'll never get the opportunity to know. The kids' grandfather, Roy Furlonger, was a champion road cyclist.

Roy had survived falls and traffic accidents, but he didn't survive a simple trip to hospital. Despite having a pace-maker fitted, a doctor mistakingly gave him an MRI scan which killed him. Wasn't fully aware it was a mistake in there because nobody apologised to us or explained to us what had occurred. There was falsification of the records. Which brings us back to all those deaths in the Bundaberg Hospital and the nortorious Dr Patel. Is there a culture of cover-up in hospitals? There can be in some hospitals and as soon as we deal with that culture, which then we'll have a safer health care system. Dr Stephen Bolson knows what he's talking about.

Back in the 1990s, he exposed the needless deaths of 35 babies in one British hospital, changing procedures there forever. Now he's helping Geelong lead the way in making Australian hospitals safer. In an operation, this becomes as an important as a scalpel? I think it can be in terms of saving lives. Registrars in his department now use a simple Palm Pilot, a mini-computer

to report mistakes the moment something goes wrong. So they don't make the same medical mistake twice or 10 times. With respect, it's not common for doctors to say, "I got it wrong, I made a mistake"? The answer to that is I think The answer to that is I t nk the profession is very scared of recording its performance and being judged and being measured.

Are you convinced this would save lives?

Absolutely. How would you describe the way you were treated? Abominably. Yeah. Still hurts us all. People can accept the brutal truth from doctors, but they can't live with the lies. Next, the guarantee of a good night's sleep.

First, you have to find the right bed.

MAN: What? Hundreds of cars must be cleared. Hurry. Ends Saturday.

News today that lack of sleep is costing Australia a staggering $10 billion a year.

So how do you get a restful night? Well, the experts reckon it's all about your mattress. I said, "Give me your biggest, cheapest mattress," and they did." When comedian Greg Sullivan bought his last bed it was a disaster. Like most of us, he took the easy option and bought the cheapest available which for someone his size with back problems and a busy schedule was all wrong.

How important is a good night's sleep? I have a 6-month-old baby and have to get up at 3:30am to work on radio and I do shows at night as well, so pretty important. Can a bad back affect your health? Absolutely. As a practicing chiropractor for 28 years, I've had people come in to see me and all they've needed to do was get a new bed.

Dr John Hinwood from the Spinal Research Foundation says people seem to forget they spend a third of their life in bed. People don't consider their bed as important and many have had their bed since they were married, that's 20 or 30 years. But with so many options, how do you pick the best bed? John says the most important thing is to spend time doing it, allow half a day at least to choose one, demand to know what the bed's made of and don't choose one because you like the colour. So, Greg, you've found everything you want in a bed here?

Yes, except for my common law wife Christa, We took Greg to Therapedic, a bed manufacturer that's worked with the Spinal Research Foundation to develop a rating system for beds from one to five, from hardest to softest. It felt good for the first couple of seconds but I've heard that before. OK, let's come up and we'll go to a bed that's firmer. Dr Hinwood says the best bed for larger people like Greg

is a firm one. You don't feel like you're sinking in to it? No, I'm slightly worried three bears might come in at some point. But if all this seems too hard, relax, because now buying a bed has gone high-tech, the Spinal Research Foundation is working on a new computerised testing system

which will pick the best bed for you. I always thought a really hard mattress was good for my back. As the mother of a toddler, Kerry Peters needs sleep but a prolapsed disc in her neck and the wrong bed makes for sleepless nights, so Dr Hinwood gets Kerry to trial the pressure-mapping system. You want her to have her weight distributed where she doesn't have spots that are causing pressure?

So this is state-of-the-art testing? Absolutely. The computer image shows the pressure points in red and orange with blue being the ideal and with this information it turns out the best bed for Kerry is a medium firm mattress. Oh, this is great, I will take this one, thank you. Just punch in your details, type in your name,

use it as a normal keyboard. High-tech testing is already available in some stores,

here at Mr Snooze Greg tries a computer test which analyses his body shape.

It's reading your body, the system is going through 17,000 calculations, taking 18 measurements of your body.

Imagine coming home and slipping into this bed? Keeshan Chohan has become an expert at picking the right bed, he works for American manufacturer Kingsdown which was the first to introduce computer mapping for its customers. The test mattress we use in intensive care units and that basically measures the customer's body profile

and distinguishes the distribution of pressure

over the total body mass. Now the experts tell us sleeping on an old mattress

is like driving a car with bald tyres, so they say we should change our mattress every 10 years and at least spend $1,000 on it. That might sound like a lot but really it works out at about 27 cents a night.

You can buy a bed that serves you well for $1,000 to $1,200, or top of the line for $2,000 to $2,500.

Of course the sky is the limit, the bed the computer chose for Greg costs $4,500 and from Greg's reaction, it looks like he's convinced. Imagine coming home and slipping into this bed? Yes, I might not have any more children, though. Chris Allen there. And you'd like to know more about what bed to buy, try our website or just give us a call. Coming up - how to spot a budding Beethoven or Einstein in the family.

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It's one of the great joys of being a parent - watching children develop in ways you never imagined.

And if a child is specially gifted, it's all the more important that we don't miss the signs. I started playing the piano when I was three. As a 7-year-old, Mark Chu was very cute and very talented. Now 16, Mark has played across Australia and around the world. As a gifted child, he was expected to become a great concert pianist. I think when I was seven I practised about 1.5 hours a day, so maybe up to 15 hours a week, but now I'd probably be lucky to practice more than five hours a week because it's just probably too busy. Today, Mark is excelling at school, sport and his new interest - drama, a diversion from the natural talent he showed as a child. So how do you spot the next Mark Chu? How do parents know if their child might be the next classroom genius? What is the highest mountain? I think you got it first. Mount Everest. The easiest child to recognise early at a very young age are the verbally gifted children, because clearly they talk more than other people their age. Some children I've met have been speaking from around 6.5 months. Author and psychologist Louise Porter specialises in helping parents identify if their child is exceptional. How do you spell 'academic'? A-C-A-D-E-M-I-C. Well, it means that the child's developmentally ahead in one or more skill domains,

so it can be intellectual, it can be academic - it could be both - verbal, fine arts, sport, music,

any talent area that the child's ahead in significantly compared with other people their age. I like doing a little bit of maths every day, but the most thing I like most is just having my fun at lunch and getting exercise. The first thing that comes to mind is she took to reading very early. She was four years old and had taken up reading and doing the ABCs and 123s very, very quickly. Nat Talarico's 7-year-old daughter, Maria, is one of several gifted kids in an accelerated learning class at her school - Sydney's Haberfield Primary. I think I like studying the different cultures, like ancient Egypt... Chris's mum, Heather Thomson, is also a teacher and she says talented kids need to be given room to blossom. We give them open-ended activities so that they can work at their level. G'day, I'm Michael from Mighty Mite Allergy control centre. How you going? Just here to check your carpets for you. 10 years ago, Michael Morris discovered a passion for dust mites. If you can breed these mites and put them on the carpet, they'll breed and go like an army and destroy all the other mites. Despite being published in venerable journals, discovering a new type of mite when he was 15 and winning various awards, Michael is reluctant to label himself as gifted. I never really thought that I was exceptionally bright or talented. I just felt I was doing what I really loved and people were glad I was doing it, I guess. Today Michael has turned his talents into a business, Mitey Mike visits homes to help people with allergies to dust mites. He's grateful for his gifts, but agrees there are pitfalls. For children out there that are gifted, they do tend to find it hard to relate with other children who don't see the world they do. I'd say that you should never let that aspect of your life, the part that you're good at, take over your life. Still enjoy the things that you might otherwise enjoy.

James Thomas with that talented bunch.

Alright, this woman is addicted to the concept of staying young forever. She's Australia's queen of cosmetic surgery - 60 procedures and still she's going back for more. I'm every man's nightmare, every woman's envy. Watch out, Playboy! She needs a reality check. I'm not perfect, but I'd be close. I would call it an obsession. I've still got a better body than teenagers today. Her body won't be able to withstand all that surgery all the time. We'll have that story in full tomorrow night along with much more. Thanks again for your company. See you tomorrow. Goodnight. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre.