Herald Sun Ruth Lamperd 14 August 2016
Grieving families of war veterans who have taken their own lives say their loved ones might still be alive today if they’d received adequate support from authorities. Their call for more support comes as a Sunday Herald Sun investigation reveals 41 military personnel and veterans died this year from suicide, the same as the number of Australians who were killed in Afghanistan during 13 years of war.
The Guardian UK Owen Bowcott 25 July 2016
In wide-ranging interview, soon-to-retire Peter Thornton QC says bereaved families are entitled to ‘equality of arms’.
Thornton, who leads a team of 380 coroners and 595 coroners’ officers, also said a critical shortage of pathologists was a “disaster looming”. Pathologists are employed by the NHS but perform postmortem examinations as freelancers, for the slender sum of £96.80 per body. Many are reluctant to take on the work.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/jul/25/chief-coroner-calls-for-legal-aid-provision-in-state-involved-inquests
Courier Mail 23 July 2016 pp. 1-2; pp. 38-39; p. 60
Police are investigating five cases where children known to the Child Safety Department were brutally bashed to death, as well as a further 18 suspicious deaths. A list compiled by the Queensland Child Death Case Review Panel said 51 children known to the department died last year.
Wretched Betrayal pp. 38-39
Editorial p. 60
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The Mercury | TasWeekend Sally Glaetzer 23 July 2016
A discussion featuring the event The Science of Life and Death with speakers including forensic pathologists (including Prof Roger Byard) and palliative care specialists. Discusses end-of-life planning, advanced care directives and a pilot project hospice@HOME being run in Tasmania.
Read more: http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/tasweekend-the-end-game/news-story/ffff2a4544471b2c19cebdc3b8e36a60
CareSearch Australia 2016
CareSearch Australia is offering a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) which will explore social and physical issues around death and dying, and look at how concepts and representations of death have changed over time. The purpose of the Dying2Learn MOOC is to build community awareness and foster social discussion about death and dying in Australia. Dying2Learn will provide an opportunity for any Australian to supportively learn about and contribute to discussions on issues around death and dying. The MOOC has been created for the general public in Australia, but everyone is invited to join us.
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