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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

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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

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Tabled paper 660

Collection

Tabled papers for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2010-02-16

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Deemed paper

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Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

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Tabled papers

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/280975

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/415380

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Dr Roseby told the inquest that despite the very high risk adolescent population in the Northern Territory, we are the only jurisdiction in Australia without a specifically targeted adolescent health service. In his view this is a huge gap (Transcript p29). The purpose of such a service would be continuing education of other health professionals about adolescent health issues, the building up of expertise in the area of adolescent health, and a raised profile for the significant issues in the area. Dr Roseby has made this submission to the Health Department on another occasion and he believed it was well received. He is hopeful that adolescent health will progress in the Northern Territory. 41. i The evidence of Dr Roseby on this topic in the context of this case commended itself to me. Counsel for the Department of Health did not seek to dissuade me from this view and I propose to make a recommendation to this effect. 42. Police involvement with the deceased during her life 43. I have had the benefit of a comprehensive statement compiled by Senior Sergeant Lauren Hill, reviewing and commenting upon all recorded interactions between police and Kunmanara Forbes during her life. I was assisted by her very thorough analysis. She made some criticisms, primarily relating to the content or adequacy of PROMIS entries, none of which I need to comment upon further as I do not find they had any direct impact in this matter. 44. I heard evidence from Senior Constable Michael Deutrom who was stationed at Yulara during 2005 and up until July 2006, and then stationed at the (then new) Mutitjulu police station between July 2007 and December 2007. He gave evidence that petrol sniffing was a significant problem in Mutitjulu during the period he served at Yulara. When he returned after an absence of one year, this time to Mutitjulu, petrol sniffing had reduced so that it was either non-existent or not at all visible. Senior Constable Deutrom, who is 17