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)

Warning on future of forensics [US]

Times Union 5 October 2015

A Justice Department report found the United States needs twice the number of pathologists it has now. Only 500 practicing pathologists handle the approximately 500,000 deaths per year that are referred for investigation, according to the National Association of Medical Examiners.

Despite the popularity of crime dramas, few medical students are eager to enter the macabre field of forensic pathology.

Fatal traffic crash, Westbrook

QPS News 7 October 2015

Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred overnight in Westbrook.

Around 11pm, a ute and a truck collided on the Gore Highway around 2kms outside Westbrook.

The male driver of the ute was transported to hospital but was pronounced decease a short time later.

A woman, the passenger of the ute, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck was also transported to hospital with minor injuries.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

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Codeine-related deaths in Australia doubled in a decade, study finds

The Guardian (AAP) 5 October 2015

Deaths related to codeine, which soon could be available only on prescription, more than doubled in Australia between 2000 and 2009.

There was a jump from 3.5 to 8.7 deaths per million population, with a 9.3% rise each year, according to the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre study, which covered the circumstances of 1,437 codeine-related deaths from 2000 to 2013.

Researchers found the increase was driven mainly by accidental deaths. Almost half were attributed to accidental overdose and a third to intentional self-harm.

The study was published in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday.

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Gum tree crushes man to death at Sunshine Coast

Brisbane Times 5 October 2015

A 60-year-old man has died after being crushed by a falling gum tree on the Sunshine Coast.

Emergency crews were called to an address at Mooloolah Valley just before midday.

Police are yet to release further details.

Teen dies in forklift accident

Brisbane Times 5 October 2015


teenager has died in a forklift accident in southwest Queensland.

It’s believed the teen became trapped under a forklift that veered off a dirt road at Kyoomba, near Stanthorpe, on Monday afternoon.

No further details are available.

Fatal crash closes Cunningham Highway

Brisbane Times Kim Stephens October 2, 2015

A 42-year-old man has died and a 22-year-old man is fighting for life following a head-on highway crash near Ipswich on Friday.
The car and ute collided on the Cunningham Highway at Ripley, seven kilometres south of Ipswich, about 6am.
The 22-year-old driver of the car was trapped in his vehicle for more than an hour as rescue crews worked to free him from the wreckage.

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Fatal traffic crash, Wongawallan

Qld Police Media 2 Oct 2015

Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred this afternoon near Wongawallan.
Initial investigations suggest that at around 3pm, a truck travelling along Tamborine-Oxenford Drive rolled down the side of the mountain and the driver was trapped.
Police have attended the scene and with the assistance of other emergency services, a man was removed from the truck but died a short time later.

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