Domestic violence death sparks call for new GP privacy laws

A coroner has called for legal reforms allowing GPs to alert police of suspected domestic violence victims, even when there is no imminent threat of serious harm.

The call comes in the aftermath of the brutal murder of Noelene Beutel, who was punched to death by her partner Wayne McClutchie in 2011 at their home on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Mr McClutchie, who was later sentenced to life for the murder, then tried to dispose of Ms Beutel's body by