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Coroner's finding: mental health, medication, and Duromine

The SA Coroner's Court has inquired into two deaths of two men some five months apart in 2012, with a finding handed down on 19 May 2016. 

The Inquests into the deaths of these men were conducted together because prior to their deaths each of them had been detained by police pursuant to section 57 of the Mental Health Act 2009 and transported to the Lyell McEwin Hospital after hours for medical treatment. Neither was detained for treatment pursuant to the Mental Health Act 2009 at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. Both remained voluntarily overnight, but then left the next morning.

The coroner made a number of recommendations in his finding and one in particular was directed to the RACGP and the AMA, which the AMA(SA) draws to the attention of our members. The recommendation was that "So far as the possible role played by Duromine in the case of Mr Williams, [the Coroner makes] the recommendation that when a person presents to his or her general practitioner with mental health issues for the first time, the practitioner should make a check of any current medication to ascertain if there are any contraindications to the taking of such medication in the setting of a psychiatric condition."

The finding of inquest and the range of recommendations can be found and read in full at the Coroner's website under the section Coroners Findings > All Findings > CAMPBELL, Robert and WILLIAMS, Jeremy Todd

You can also access an article published in the AMA(SA) magazine, medicSA, about teh finding, at the PDF below. 

June 2016


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