15 April 2019

Inquest into the deaths of: Thirteen children and young persons in the Kimberley region, Western Australia

This is the report of the Western Australian Coroner's inquest into the suicide deaths of thirteen Indigenous youth. The Coroner noted that despite the efforts by service providers,  increased government funding, a better understanding of the importance of being culturally competent, and  numerous initiatives being implemented to avoid these preventable deaths the situation in the Kimberley region is 'dire', with youth continuing to die by suicide. The Coroner made 42 recommendations to help build more resilient families and communities to mitigate the pre-existing vulnerabilities of many of the children and young people with a strong emphasis on the importance of co-designing services with the Aboriginal communities to facilitate cultural healing, while also recognising the intergenerational trauma suffered by community members.