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Review of the deaths in care of people with disability in Queensland

People with intellectual or cognitive disability often have more complex health needs and a higher mortality rate than the general population. They can also face significant barriers to accessing appropriate health care as well as a narrower margin of health due to poverty and social exclusion.

As a result, systemic issues such as a lack of appropriate support (including support to access health care and appropriate responses by health care providers) and ineffective coordination between disability and health services can have a serious effect on people with disability. For some, this includes the risk of premature death.

In Queensland, apart from the coronial process for deaths in care, there is no specific process for systemic reviews of deaths of people with disability. While all deaths in care must be reported to the Coroner and investigated, not all investigations will result in an inquest and/or published findings and comments.

This review focused on the deaths in care of people with disability in Queensland from 2009 to 2014. It involved an analysis of information provided by the State Coroner, and by a number of government and non-government agencies.

The outcomes of the review and a number of systemic recommendations are outlined in the report Upholding the right to life and health: A review of the deaths in care of people with disability in Queensland. This report was tabled in the Queensland Parliament on 16 March 2016. The Public Advocate released a statement regarding the report.

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Last reviewed
13 December 2016
Last updated
12 December 2016

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