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Coroners Act In the matter of Coronial Findings and Recommendation into the Death of Ms Souzana Afianos pursuant to section 46B dated 1 January 2004



Coroners Act In the matter of Coronial Findings and Recommendation into the Death of Ms Souzana Afianos pursuant to section 46B dated 1 January 2004

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Northern Territory Government Department of Health and Community Services 0 8 JUN 2004 W2\!o<g'm ^ ^ ^ - p i + T Chief Executive Officer Phone: (08) 8999 2761 Facsimile: (08) 8999 2800 Email: robert.griew@nt.gov.au Hon Peter Toyne MLA Minister for Justice and Attorney-General GPO Box 3146 DARWIN NT 0801 * 8 * Dear Minister Further to your letter of 17 February 2004 regarding the findings of the Coronial Inquiry in to the death of Ms Souzana Afianos and pursuant to Section 46A(1), the following response is provided to the Coroners recommendations. Recommendation (paragraphs 102,103 and 104) to implement a protocol accommodating the findings of this Inquest Response The Director of Emergency Medicine, in consultation with surgeons at Royal Darwin Hospital, developed guidelines for contacting consultants whose surgical patients present post operatively to the Emergency Department. This Guideline ensures that notification is timely, in relation to the medical urgency of the presentation, and that there is communication back to the treating surgeon in all cases. The Guideline has been implemented, and all Emergency Department Medical Officers have been educated in its use. A copy of the Guideline is attached. Recommendation (paragraph 105) to provide orientation and induction training noting that the Royal Darwin Hospital draws its medical staff from many countries Response Royal Darwin Hospital provides a comprehensive induction program over several days for all medical officers at the commencement of their employment. Each work area in turn conducts orientation sessions for every new rotation of junior doctors and provides handbooks outlining specific procedures for that area. Resident Medical Officers work directly under the supervision of their Registrar and a Senior Consultant who are available for advice at all times. Variations of medical practice within Australia and with practice overseas are covered during hospital orientation, and in greater detail at specific unit orientation sessions. The requirement to notify treating surgeons in accordance with the new Guideline is emphasised during orientation sessions including those conducted for rotations of doctors within the Emergency Department. PO Box 40596 CASU ARINA NT 0811 ABN: 84 085 734 992 www .hea lth .n t.gov .au mailto:robert.griew@nt.gov.au http://www.health.nt.gov.au