Infant death in outback ‘preventable’: Coroner finds GP acted inadequately

In delivering his findings yesterday, Deputy State Coroner Anthony Schapel called for the promulgation of guidelines for rural and remote medical practitioners examining youngsters who have gastroenteritis.

Other recommendations included that such practitioners should familiarise themselves with local conditions, such as distances from medical care, to help when deciding whether those youngsters should be admitted to hospital or sent home.

Olivia Jean Johnson, aged 11 months, died from dehydration in May 2011 at her family's