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Medical-Setting Deaths and the Coroner: Laws, Penalties and Guidelines


Middleton, S and Buist, MD, Medical-Setting Deaths and the Coroner: Laws, Penalties and Guidelines, Medical Journal of Australia, 201, (11) pp. 679-681. ISSN 0025-729X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5694/mja13.00131


We examine the law governing the reporting of medical-setting deaths to the Coroner throughout the Australian states and territories. We use a hypothetical case report to explore the different legal requirements for reporting a medical-setting death and the varying penalties that apply for failing to report a reportable death. It is important for health practitioners to understand the law that applies in the state or territory in which they practice. Knowing when to report a medical-setting death requires not only medical knowledge but also legal analysis. On this basis, we recommend the development of coroners' guidelines in all jurisdictions to assist health practitioners in complying with their coronial reporting obligations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
UTAS Author:Buist, MD (Professor Michael Buist)
ID Code:119320
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2017-07-31
Last Modified:2017-12-07

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