Once a death is reported, the coroner begins the process of investigating the circumstances of the death to establish the medical cause of death. This may involve an autopsy and/or an inquest, resulting in the coroner making findings and, potentially, recommendations for how to prevent the type of death occurring again.
Below are links to information about the various steps in the coroner’s process.
Defining reportable deaths and who should report them, including information for health practitioners
The process of a coronial investigation, initiated by a reportable death
Types of autopsies, retaining organs and tissues, getting samples and the autopsy report and when a body is released for funeral
How to get a copy of a death certificate after an autopsy
What happens at inquests, who attends and how to request one
Your role as a witness in a coroner’s inquest
How the coroner makes written findings, what they can and can’t do, where they’re published and what to do if you disagree
Recommendations on deaths relating to public health and safety, administration of justice or ways to prevent deaths occurring