The mere fact a person’s death is reportable does not preclude whole organ or tissue donation. Rather, over 50% of Australian donors are coroner’s cases. Provided coroners are satisfied the retrieval won’t compromise their investigation or the prosecution of any criminal charges that may be laid in respect of the death, there is no reason for coroners to withhold consent to organ and tissue retrieval. Facilitating organ and tissue donation is consistent with the coronial system’s focus on respecting the wishes of the deceased and their families to the greatest extent possible, and pursuing public benefit from sudden death investigation.

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