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‘No effective follow up’: NT coroner recommends sweeping changes after death of teenage boy

A teenage boy who died in a remote Aboriginal community in 2020 “was not afforded basic mental health care” and was wrongly “screened out” by a government social services department, the Northern Territory Acting Coroner has found.

Reginald ‘Reggie’ Roy Yunupingu, 17, was known to enjoy climbing structures.

In October 2020, the teenager was found at the base of a power pole near the Minyerri Police Station, 240 kilometers south-east of Katherine, after climbing the pole, touching a wire and plummeting to the ground.

There was no suggestion his death was suicide.

Reginald had been released from a youth inpatient mental health facility in Darwin about six months before his death, where he was treated for psychosis and hallucinations.

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