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Coroner inquests focused on child deaths

Coroners are more likely to investigate a death if it involve a child, a new study has found.

Researchers looked into 20,379 deaths across Australia and found inquests into childhood deaths were much more likely than those of the elderly or suicides.

“Some deaths, like those of children, are shocking to the community and there is often an expectation that a public inquiry be held. On the other hand, for other kinds of deaths, such as suicides, coroners may feel that they have little to say about how to prevent similar events in the future,” lead author Simon Walter said.

Read more at The University of Melbourne

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