Non-Coronial Postmortem


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The Non-Coronial Post-Mortem Examinations Code of Practice 2007 (the Code), made under the Human Tissue and Transplant Act 1982, was gazetted in August 2007 and came into operation on 1 September 2007. The Code replaces the Non-Coronial Post-Mortem Examinations Code of Practice 2002 that was put in place as part of the process of implementing the recommendations contained in the "Final Report: Removal and Retention of Organs and Tissue Following Post-Mortem Examinations" tabled in Parliament by the Minister in October 2001.

The Code requires, amongst other matters, that hospitals carrying out non-coronial post-mortem examinations have both a "consent form" and an "information document" which are defined as follows:

"consent form" means a document used by a hospital carrying out non-coronial post-mortem examinations to record the informed decisions of the senior available next of kin and other matters relevant to the authorisation of such a post-mortem examination;

"information document" means a document used by a hospital carrying out non-coronial post-mortem examinations to provide relevant information to the senior available next of kin about post-mortem examination practices and procedures;"
The Code requires that these documents be approved for use by the Deputy Director General, Health Care.

Suitable documents have been developed by a small Working Group of officers from the Department, the teaching hospitals and PathWest (previously named PathCentre). Due to the different nature of post-mortems performed at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital a separate set of documents has been developed for use in those hospitals and a generic set prepared for use by the other facilities.

Copies of these approved documents are available below.

Generic Forms

Post Mortem Examination Consent Form

Non-Coronial Post Mortem Examinations, Information for Relatives (Brochure Format)

KEMH

Women's and Children Health Services, Consent for Post Mortem Examination

Non-Coronial Post Mortem Examinations, Information for Parents (Brochure Format)

PMH

Women's and Children Health Services, Consent for Post Mortem Examination

Non-Coronial Post Mortem Examinations, Information for Parents (Brochure Format)

Non-Coronial Post-Mortems Code of Practice

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