Intake rigour : ensuring only “reportable deaths” become coroners’ cases
Barnes, Michael, Kirkegaard, Ainslie, Carpenter, Belinda, & (2014) Intake rigour : ensuring only “reportable deaths” become coroners’ cases. Journal of Law and Medicine, 21, pp. 572-583.
The failure of medical practitioners to consistently discharge their obligation to report sudden or unnatural deaths to coroners has rightly prompted concern. Following recent public scandals, coroners and health authorities have increasingly developed procedures to ensure that concerning deaths are reported to coroners. However, the negative consequences of deaths being unnecessarily reported have received less attention: unnecessary intrusion into bereavement; a waste of public resources; and added delay and hindrance to the investigation of matters needing a coroner’s attention. Traditionally, coroners have largely, unquestioningly assumed jurisdiction over any deaths for which a medical practitioner has not issued a cause of death certificate. The Office of the State Coroner in Queensland has recently trialled a system to more rigorously assess whether deaths apparently resulting from natural causes, which have been reported to a coroner, should be investigated by the coroner, rather than being finalised by a doctor issuing a cause of death certificate. This article describes that trial and its results.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||coroners, reportable deaths, death certificates|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Justice
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2013 Lawbook Co.|
|Deposited On:||31 Mar 2014 23:20|
|Last Modified:||16 Feb 2015 10:11|
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