Category Archives: Forensic pathology

Coronial autopsies, Disaster victim identification, Mortuary practice, forensic histology, forensic odontology, forensic skeletal examination, forensic anthropology, ethics, Legislation (i.e. Coroners Act), evidence provided at courts/in trials (expert evidence) by pathologists, Deaths in custody.
Focus on Queensland content unless wide reaching consequences (i.e. Evidence challenged in court, changes in equipment/methodology, malpractice)

Ruby Chen inquest: Conflicting evidence given about fluid three-year-old girl received during helicopter treatment

ABC News Marlina Whop and Paul Robinson 17 September 2014

Conflicting evidence has been given at a coronial inquest about fluid given to a three-year-old girl leading up to her death.
Ruby Chen went into cardiac arrest while being flown by helicopter from Blackwater Hospital to Rockhampton in August 2012.
She had suffered from a fever and dehydration days before the emergency flight.
An autopsy later determined she had died of an air embolism, which occurs when an air bubble enters a vein and blocks it.

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Shaken baby expert faces ‘witch hunt’

The Telegraph Sngela Levin, Laura Donnelly 14 September 2014

A leading doctor who acted as an expert witness for parents accused of killing their children faces being struck off, amid claims that she is the victim of a police witch hunt.

Dr Waney Squier, a paediatric neuropathologist, is due to appear before the General Medical Council (GMC) tomorrow accused of “bias” and “dishonesty” after disputing the existence of “shaken baby syndrome” in a number of court cases.

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Sudden death, Bilinga

Qld Police Media September 17, 2014

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman in a unit at Bilinga earlier today.
The woman’s body was located around 8am by a member of the public who was visiting the woman at the Golden Four Drive unit.
The woman, believed to be aged in her 60s, is yet to be formally identified.
Police are investigating the matter to determine whether the death is suspicious.
There is no further information available to be released at this time.

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Gold Coast Bulletin

Update: Fatal traffic crash, Mackay

Qld Police Media September 17, 2014

A 60-year-old man has passed away as a result of the injuries he sustained in a traffic crash this morning in Mackay.
Police will continue to investigate the crash that occurred at the intersection of Gordon Street and McAlister streets at around 11.40am.

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Man in motorised wheelchair dies after truck collision

Daily Mercury [Mackay]

A 60-YEAR-OLD man has died after being critically injured in a crash in Mackay.
The man had been taken to Mackay Base Hospital after his motorised wheelchair and a truck collided at the intersection of Gordon and Macalister Sts about 11.40am yesterday.
He died about 3pm.

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Fatal traffic crash, Morayfield

Qld Police Media September 18, 2014

Police are investigating a fatal a single vehicle traffic crash at Morayfield this morning.
Initial information indicates around 2.20am a vehicle travelling west on McLoughlin Road left the roadway and collided with a tree.
The 42-year-old male driver died at the scene.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the incident.

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A Surprising Time-of-Death Tool

Scientific American Jennifer Frazer 16 September 2-14

One of the most important tasks for a forensic scientist investigating a death is to determine when the person died. Up to 48 hours postmortem, those investigators can use medical methods such as the stiffness or temperature of the body. Longer than that, and they have to turn to the beetles and flies that take up residence in cadavers, using their age and natural succession to estimate the time of death. After about a month, however, there is nothing left to eat and the insects jump ship, leaving investigators without a means of figuring out the age of the corpse.

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