After the death of a young child who was hit by a reversing car, Coroner Clements made a number of recommendations aimed at reducing the number of similar deaths. Thirty-four Australian children under 10 years of age have died in similar circumstances between 2010 and 2014.
After the suicide of a depressed patient who absconded from hospital, Chief Coroner Walker has made several recommendations regarding the management of psychiatric patients accommodated on non-psychiatric, open wards.
Coroner Sarah Linton has released her findings into the 2010 death of a young woman from pulmonary thromboembolism. The death was not initially reported to the coroner and an autopsy was therefore not performed; however the deceased’s family history was suggestive of familial thrombophilia.
Coroner Michael Brett determines that an investigation was not required into the death of a palliative care patient from mixed drug toxicity. The patient suffered from significant chronic pain and had often talked about suicide by overdose; additionally, his wife had expressed concerns about the sedating effect of the medication on the patient shortly before his death. However the coroner found that the prescription of medications was appropriate and that intentional overdoes was unlikely.