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

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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 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.5694/mja13.00131

Abstract

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:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Other Medical and Health Sciences
Research Field:Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Author:Buist, MD (Professor Michael Buist)
ID Code:119320
Year Published:2017 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2017-07-31
Last Modified:2017-07-31
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