Melissa Davey

Melissa Davey is a Health Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Common playground illness has its lethal side

Caileen Cachia

Melissa Davey Like many in childcare, Nathanael Cachia contracted hand, foot and mouth disease when he was 16 months old.

Vaccinate your children or declare why not, parents told


Melissa Davey Unvaccinated children will be banned from childcare facilities, and centres who do enrol them will face fines, after changes to the Public Health Act passed through cabinet Monday night.

Funding shortfall endangers eye program


Melissa Davey Health Doctors fear children and elderly patients with eye disorders will suffer if the only eye therapist training program in NSW is discontinued next year, exacerbating a national shortage.

Mixing up superglue for eye drops a common error


Melissa Davey Margaret Kimpton, 73, who was taken to Liverpool Hospital on Wednesday after mistaking superglue for eye drops, is one of hundreds in NSW who have made the same mistake.

Violence mars two birthday parties


Melissa Davey It only took two ''idiots'' to ruin an 18th birthday for about 90 partygoers celebrating at an Erskineville home on Friday night.

Surfer's friends lament 'how quickly things change'

smh news. Chris Drake ( r). images lifted from Facebook. 18/3/13

Melissa Davey It was a beautiful Sydney Saturday morning and young friends were ''joking around in the surf reminiscing''.

Police seek purse to help solve murder

Detectives from the Northern Region Unsolved Homicide Team at Newcastle have welcomed the NSW Government?s reward of $150,000 for information that helps solve the murder of Elizabeth ?Betty? Dixon more than 30 years ago. The body of Ms Dixon, 31, was located inside her car in bushland at Ashtonfield on Tuesday 6 April 1982. Ms Dixon had suffered numerous stab wounds and subsequent medical examinations revealed she had died sometime between Saturday 3 and Tuesday 6 April 1982. The murder weapon has never been recovered. Image supplied by Police Media.

Melissa Davey Elizabeth ''Betty'' Dixon was found stabbed to death in her car in bushland more than 30 years ago but her purse and its contents have never been found.

Hospital patient helps woman give birth

Amelia Ballinger

Melissa Davey A WOMAN was forced to give birth alone at a major Sydney hospital, at one stage taking painkillers from her own handbag.

Mandatory closing hours an unfair burden - hotels

Mandatory closure

Melissa Davey PUNISHING hotels and clubs for the drunken behaviour of patrons by introducing mandatory closing hours would be unfair, says the Australian Hotels Association, responding to a study that high-risk...

Genital mutilation guidelines to help treat victims

genital mutilation

Melissa Davey THOUSANDS of victims of genital mutilation live in NSW and experts say doctors are untrained in how to treat them, with many suffering from childbirth complications as a result of their condition.

Siblings and parents pressured into providing alcohol for minors

Young female buying alcohol

Melissa Davey PARENTS are willing to buy alcohol for children as young as 14 even though they know it is illegal to do so, according to a new survey, but older brothers and sisters are most guilty of providing...

Burns victims take comfort from survivors who know the road

Melissa Davey THE treatment endured by serious burns patients is a long and lonely process, with frequent physiotherapy and the nature of the injuries meaning it is also incredibly painful.

Parents were worried sick before son's Bali tragedy

Jake Flannery

Melissa Davey THE parents of Jake Flannery, the central coast teenager who was electrocuted while walking down a tourist strip in Bali where he had gone for a schoolies trip, have described how they were ''worried...

Collar bomb suspect kept behind bars


Tim Barlass, Melissa Davey and Gareth Hutchens THE bomb hoax victim Madeleine Pulver has been spared another ordeal during her HSC exams after her alleged tormentor chose not to apply for bail during a court hearing in Sydney yesterday.

Fish market votes for modest repairs

Fish Markets

Anne Davies, Melissa Davey THE Sydney Fish Market will now move to plan B: modest repairs such as fixing the drainage and patching potholes in the car park, instead of embarking on the $40 million refurbishment vetoed by the...

Orphan lived under his wing


Melissa Davey, Nick Ralston HOMICIDE detectives had no choice but to allow an orphaned schoolgirl to live with her uncle for about 15 months after they believed he had killed her family.

Offered sanctuary by the accused killer

The Lin family.

Melissa Davey HE PROMISED to look after her forever.

Rock fishermen drown in harbour


Melissa Davey TWO rock fishermen drowned at Mosman yesterday after one of them was washed into the water by a wave and the second man jumped in to rescue him.

Secretary resigns

Melissa Davey The secretary of the NSW Treasury, Michael Schur, is the latest casualty of the change of government.

Weather is no show-stopper as crowds go through the roof

Easter Show

Melissa Davey MISERABLE long weekend weather did not stop families from getting out and making the most of the public holidays.