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    INVESTIGATION REPORT INTO

    MORGUE MANAGEMENT ON REMOTE COMMUNITIES IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

    Kalkaringi Morgue

    Lajamanu Morgue Alpurrurulam Morgue

    “WE OWE RESPECT TO THE LIVING BUT TO THE DEAD WE OWE …??”

    Voltaire (1785)

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    Table of Contents TRANSMISSION LETTER........................................................................................................................ 4

    ACRONYMS .......................................................................................................................................... 5

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ......................................................................................................................... 6

    INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................... 9

    BACKGROUND - KALKARINGI MORGUE ......................................................................................... 10

    KALGARINGI MORGUE PHOTOS .................................................................................................... 10

    DEFINITIONS ...................................................................................................................................... 11

    MORGUE: ...................................................................................................................................... 11

    REPORTABLE DEATH ..................................................................................................................... 11

    CORONERS ACT ............................................................................................................................. 11

    THE COMPLAINT ................................................................................................................................ 12

    OUTCOME ......................................................................................................................................... 12

    MEDIA COVERAGE......................................................................................................................... 14

    RECOMMENDATIONS ........................................................................................................................ 15

    INVESTIGATION ................................................................................................................................. 16

    PRELIMINARY INQUIRIES............................................................................................................... 16

    NORTH AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL JUSTICE AGENCY (NAAJA) ....................................................... 16

    NORTHERN TERRITORY COORDINATOR GENERAL FOR REMOTE SERVICES (NTCGRS) .................... 17

    DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, REGIONAL SERVICES (DHLGRS) - SERVICE

    DELIVERY COORDINATION UNIT (SDCU) ........................................................................................ 18

    VICTORIA DALY SHIRE COUNCIL (VDSC) ......................................................................................... 24

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (DOH) FORMER DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & FAMILIES (DHF) .............. 28

    DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT (DBE) ................................................................. 31

    NT POLICE FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES (NTPFES) ....................................................................... 32

    FAMILIES AND HOUSING, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS (FAHCSIA) ............. 41

    NORTHERN LAND COUNCIL (NLC) .................................................................................................. 43

    ABORIGINAL MEDICAL SERVICES ALLIANCE NT (AMSANT) ............................................................ 44

    KATHERINE FUNERAL SERVICES (KFS) ............................................................................................ 44

    OFFICE OF THE CHIEF MINISTER (OCM) ......................................................................................... 45

    DEPARTMENT OF THE CHIEF MINISTER (DCM) .............................................................................. 45

    OFFICE OF THE HEALTH MINISTER (OHM) ..................................................................................... 45

    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DOJ) .................................................................................................... 56

    KATHERINE WEST HEALTH BOARD ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (KWHBAC) ................................. 56

    WEST ARNHEM SHIRE COUNCIL (WASC)........................................................................................ 56

    ROPER GULF SHIRE (RGS) .............................................................................................................. 57

    BARKLY SHIRE COUNCIL (BARKLY SC) ............................................................................................ 57

    ELLIOT MORGUE PHOTOS ............................................................................................................. 58

    CENTRAL DESERT SHIRE COUNCIL (CDSC) ...................................................................................... 58

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    SHIRES WITH NO MORGUES .......................................................................................................... 59

    NT CORONERS OFFICE ................................................................................................................... 60

    INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS ADVISORY COUNCIL (IAAC) ........................................................................ 60

    RELEVANT LEGISLATION ................................................................................................................ 61

    INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM OTHER SOURCES ........................................................................ 62

    ANNEXURES ....................................................................................................................................... 63

    ANNEXURE 1 - MAP TERRITORY GROWTH TOWNS & MAJOR CENTRES IN THE NT ........................ 63

    ANNEXURE 2 - WADEYE MORGUE MANAGEMENT PLAN AND AGENCY AGREEMENT - MAY 2011 . 64

    ANNEXURE 3 – COORDINATOR GENERAL FOR REMOTE SERVICES ‘REPORT #2’ ............................. 66

    ANNEXURE 4 - MORGUES – ARNHEM AND WESTERN DIVISION .................................................... 70

    ANNEXURE 5 – DECEASED BODIES MANAGEMENT IN REMOTE COMMUNITIES ............................ 72

    ANNEXURE 6 – AMSANT UNDATED ONE PAGE SPREADSHEET CONTAINING INFORMATION ABOUT

    MORGUE FACILITIES ON REMOTE COMMUNITIES ......................................................................... 74

    ANNEXURE 7 - RED LILY – SORRY SOMEONE HAS PASSED AWAY BROCHURE ................................ 75

    ANNEXURE 8 - 52 DHF HEALTH CENTRES ....................................................................................... 77

    ANNEXURE 9 – DOH SURVEY OF MORGUES .................................................................................. 78

    ANNEXURE 10 – DHLGRS SURVEY OF MORGUES ........................................................................... 79

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    TRANSMISSION LETTER

    The Hon. Paul Henderson MLA

    Chief Minister

    Parliament House

    Darwin NT 0800

    26 March 2012

    Dear Chief Minister

    This report of an investigation into morgues and mortuary services on remote

    communities in the Northern Territory is delivered to you under Section 153 of the

    Ombudsman Act 2009 for tabling in the Legislative Assembly within the next six sitting

    days.

    Yours faithfully

    Carolyn Richards

    Ombudsman

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    ACRONYMS

    Department of Health (DoH)

    Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services (DHLGRS)

    Alice Springs Town Council (ASTC)

    Barkly Shire Council (Barkly SC)

    Belyuen Shire Council (Belyuen SC)

    Central Desert Shire Council (CDSC)

    Central Land Council (CLC)

    Coomalie Community Government Council (CCGC)

    Darwin City Council (DCC)

    East Arnhem Shire Council (EASC)

    Katherine Town Council (KTC)

    Litchfield Shire Council (LSC)

    MacDonnell Shire Council (MSC)

    Northern Land Council (NLC)

    Roper Gulf Shire (RGS)

    Tiwi Islands Shire Council (TISC)

    Victoria Daly Shire Council (VDSC)

    Wagait Shire Council (WSC)

    West Arnhem Shire Council (WASC)

    Service Delivery Coordination Unit (SDCU)

    Department of Justice (DoJ)

    Department of the Chief Minister (DCM)

    Families and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)

    Indigenous Affairs Advisory Council (IAAC)

    Katherine Funeral Services (KFS)

    Katherine West Health Board (KWHB)

    NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES)

    Office of the Chief Minister (OCM)

    Office of the Health Minister (OHM)

    Territory Growth Towns (TGTs)

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    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report is of an investigation into the management of morg