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Recommendations from Ms Dhu inquest

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016

KEY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE INQUEST INTO MS DHU'S DEATH:

* The law be changed so people cannot be jailed for not paying fines, or that imprisonment be subject to a decision by a magistrate

* Every police station where detainees are held must have a dedicated lock-up keeper or two officers rostered for custodial care at any time

* All police based in areas of significant Aboriginal population receive cultural competency training to deal with specific issues, challenges and health concerns, and that the local Aboriginal community be involved in the training

* Parliament consider legislation to allow clinicians to provide police with sufficient medical information to manage a detainee's care while in custody

* Fine defaulters who are incarcerated should be transported to the nearest prison within eight hours of their arrest, where the transport time does not exceed the detention period

* Police to call the Aboriginal Visitors Scheme when an offender is in a lock-up and when they are taken to a hospital. AVS is a group of Aboriginal staff who provide support and counselling to indigenous people in custody

* The lock-up procedure manual be amended to ensure more regular monitoring of a detainee who requires repeated hospital attendances, and that an unconscious or not easily rousable person be taken to hospital by ambulance

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