2795 deaths reported to coroner throughout region

NEARLY 3000 deaths were reported to the coroner overseeing our region in 2013-14.

The Brisbane office covers Gympie, Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba and Warwick and received 2795 death notifications in 2013-2014.

Of these, 2908 cases were investigated and closed.

Just 31 involved an inquest.

During 2013-14, a total of 4682 deaths were reported to the Queensland Coroner's Office - 80 less than the previous year.

Statewide the office finalised 4909 matters.

Some of these were from previous years.

"Recent years have seen a significant increase in demand for coronial services statewide with reported deaths increasing from 3514 in 2007-08 to 4682 in 2013-14," state coroner Terry Ryan wrote in his report to Parliament.

"This increase is a result of a number of factors including increased awareness of reporting obligations and changes to the types of deaths that are required to be reported to a coroner."

The coroner investigates deaths where the identity of the deceased is unknown; the death happened in custody, institutional care or during a police operation; health-care related deaths; the death stemmed from an unusual event such as an accident; the death was suicide; or a cause of death certificate was not issued by a doctor.

Coroners do not always hold inquests and when they do they may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.

 

AT A GLANCE

  • The Brisbane coroner oversees reportable deaths in Gympie, Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba and Warwick
  • In 2013-14, 2795 deaths were reported to the central coroner compared to 4682 statewide.
  • 2908 Brisbane region matters were finalised.
  • There were 31 inquests in the region.
  • Source: State Coroner's Office report to Queensland Parliament.

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