Russell Kennedy lawyers Angela Liu and Felicity Iredale have had an article published in the Australian Health Law Bulletin titled 'Queensland Coroner calls for guidelines to reduce inpatient suicide risk in mental health
units — a review of the inquest into the deaths
of Steven Hitchins and Shawn Gudge'.
The article examines the suicide deaths of Steven Hitchins and Shawn Gudge, two mental health unit inpatients in Queensland, and the subsequent findings from the Coroners Court of Queensland.
Corner Kevin Priestly delivered his comments and findings in February of 2018. He concluded that the clinical care provided in both cases was reasonable and appropriate, however environmental hazards may have played a role in the deaths. Mr Priestly went into great detail regarding the importance of minimising hazards in in mental health units and reviewed the United State's experience before examining Queensland.