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Coroner's Act In the matter of Coroner's Findings and Recommendations into the death of Kunmanara Forbes pursuant to section 46B dated 2 December 2009



Coroner's Act In the matter of Coroner's Findings and Recommendations into the death of Kunmanara Forbes pursuant to section 46B dated 2 December 2009

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3 A written response was also received from the Chief Executive of DHF, Dr David Ashbridge, dated September 2009 (refer Attachment C), as required by section 46B(1) of the Act with a further update provided on 12 November 2009 (refer Attachment D). The responses advise in relation to the third recommendation that the agency is in the process of establishing an Adolescent Health Service to deliver coordinated and targeted services to meet the complex and diverse range of health needs of adolescents and outline key actions for increasing such services and support in 2009-12. The Deputy Chief Executive of Acute Care division of DHF will be responsible for the operation of the Adolescent Health Service and the implementation of the key actions, including the formation of a cross agency group to ensure maximum coordination (involving Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Health Services, Health Protection and Youth Services). Responsible officers will be required to report regularly on progress. The agency notes that a one size fits all' approach is not always appropriate to best meet the needs of a diverse, geographically dispersed group with a range of highly complex health needs, but rather a number of innovative service responses are required to ensure young people are receiving the best possible health service they deserve. Another initiative that will occur in the next 12 months will be the development of targeted education and health promotion material for young people and an implementation plan for the use of this material across the NT. I am satisfied that Police and DHF have considered the recommendations of the Coroner and have taken action with respect to those matters. DATE: DELIA LAWRIE

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