Australia – Suspected mass food poisoning at Aboriginal languages conference


A gathering of Aboriginal language educators on the Central Coast has ended with a number of attendees hospitalised after a case of suspected food poisoning at their hotel.

Participants of the Aboriginal Languages Trust conference attended a gala dinner last Wednesday at the restaurant of the Crowne Plaza Terrigal.

Gamilaraay Yuwaalaraay man Ted Fields told NITV his partner Michelle O’Leary became violently ill just 20 minutes after dinner.
The number of attendees taken ill is unconfirmed but some people on social media have said there had been dozens of cases.

Speaking to NITV from Gosford Hospital, where he is still a patient, Mr Fields, 51, said he witnessed multiple attendees being admitted.
In a statement to NITV, NSW Health confirmed an investigation into the incident is underway.

“Aboriginal Languages Trust is aware of a number of cases of a gastro-like illness in people who attended a two-day conference held at a Terrigal venue on Wednesday.

“NSW Health is urgently investigating the situation to identify the cause of illness, in collaboration with the NSW Food Authority.”

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