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Our Forensic Medicine service conducts post-mortem examinations at the direction of the NSW Coroner to help investigate unexplained or unexpected deaths in NSW.
More than 6,000 such deaths are reported to the NSW Coroner each year.
Forensic Medicine is one of three government agency partners in the coronial pathway including NSW Police and NSW Communities and Justice.
Our teams prioritise support for bereaved families’ need for answers and the Coroner’s role in delivering justice, and improving the health and safety of communities across NSW.
Every deceased person who comes into our care is treated with dignity and respect.
When an unexpected or unexplained death is referred to the NSW Coroner, post-mortem examinations can only be performed by specialist forensic pathologists at one of our three dedicated facilities in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.
In addition to forensic pathologists, our teams include:
Forensic odontologists, anthropologists and neuropathologists may be required in some cases. Our teams also work closely with forensic biologists (DNA) and toxicologists from NSW Health Pathology’s Criminalistics and Forensic & Environmental Toxicology services.
The Coroners Act 2009 requires cause of death to be determined in the least invasive manner, so Forensic Medicine has clear Clinical Standards defining the extent to which examinations can be performed.
This may include:
When non-invasive procedures don’t give enough information to establish cause of death, an examination like a surgical operation may be ordered by the Coroner.
After each referral to the Coroner, a forensic medicine social worker contacts the senior next-of-kin to provide updates on the post-mortem examination process and timeline.
Our forensic medicine social workers arrange viewings at our facilities and provide essential grief resources. We are acutely aware of the diverse religious and cultural needs and make every effort to respect these and assist with the grieving process.
Post-mortem examination reports are prepared specifically for the Coroner. Out of respect for privacy for the deceased people in our care and in line with legislative requirements, we do not release information about specific coronial cases to the media or public. Information about accessing coronial documents is available on the Coroners Court website
If you would like to know more about Forensic Medicine including further information about engaging with the coronial process and/or our career opportunities, please email our Forensic Medicine Service:Email Forensic Medicine Service
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