In Australia, and other jurisdictions such as New Zealand, England and Wales, Coroners lead death investigations. They are legally trained, and aided in their investigatory work by police, who visit the scene of the death and gather relevant information, and Pathologists and other medical personnel who perform autopsies and other medical procedures on the deceased. Coronial counsellors work to support the families, offering guidance and information as well as communicating the family’s views on the autopsy to the coroner and the pathologist. Coronial nurses work with the coroner and the pathologist, contacting medical doctors to seek further information about the health and illness of the deceased.

Coroners are responsible for a cause of death certificate being determined and recorded in the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.

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