In 2016 the Commission engaged the University of Sydney to analyse the findings of the NSW Coroner’s Court between 2005-2015. The aim of this project is to understand the circumstances of an individual’s death where the person had contact with the mental health system, or where mental illness in any way contributed to their death. The review takes a broad view of the ways in which mental illness can contribute to death including via poor physical health, poverty or homelessness. No previous research has been conducted in relation to these records, and the findings will shed light on systemic issues in NSW that are contributing to people with mental illness dying prematurely. The findings are due in a report to the Commission by the end June 2017.
Living Well Action 6.2.2