student profile: Ms Susie Kaszonyi


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Thesis work

Thesis title: An examination of the lived experience of the coronial jurisdiction on families of people with disability whose death is reportable in New South Wales.

Supervisors: Roger STANCLIFFE , Michele WIESE , Jennifer SMITH-MERRY

Thesis abstract:

�p�The aim of this research is to interview family involved in an investigation to learn about their lived experience and how it has affected them. There has been very little research on the impact of the coronial jurisdiction on family (Gregory, 2014, p.237) and less about the emotional aftermath and how it contributes to the bereaved’s subsequent experiences (Gregory, 2014, p. 237). The way the inquest is conducted has the potential for exacerbating or alternatively, alleviating some of the distress family may be feeling (Harwood et al., 2001; Biddle, 2003; Carpenter et al., 2014). Deaths that occur in particular circumstances must be reported to the coroner. The Coroner has a mandatory jurisdiction to hold an inquest for people with disability living in accommodation support services funded by the government. Corner’s courts have two functions they determine the cause of death and issue non-binding recommendations with aim to prevent premature deaths.Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) has been chosen to explore the lived experience. This approach allows the researcher to focus on gaining a deeper understanding of the experience (Van der Zalm & Bergama, 2000; Van Manen, 1997) and to understand how people interpret and find meanings in events in their lives, and how these affect the context in which individuals operate because of their experiences (Wojnar & Swanson, 2007).�/p�

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