Forensic and coronial
The NSW Perinatal Postmortem Service supports NSW families affected by the death of a child shortly after or before birth by giving them the opportunity to understand the reasons for their loss.
The service manages all non-coronial perinatal postmortem needs across NSW, including perinatal loss that occurs in Emergency Departments.
The service covers perinatal loss from 14 weeks gestation up to 28 days of life.
Referrals can be made online using the link below at any time or by calling the care coordinator Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm.
The website contains service guides for the correct documentation, consent and transport of babies before a postmortem examination. It also has information for families and carers.
Get in touch with your maternity unit for all the required paperwork that is needed for a postmortem referral.
Consent and correct documentation is required for any testing following perinatal loss.
Contact the Perinatal Postmortem Care Coordinator for ALL perinatal postmortem referrals.
Note: All referrals made outside business hours will be addressed the next working day.
For any questions or comments, please contact Susi Guinane on the phone number above or at Susan.Guinane@health.nsw.gov.au
Forensic Drug and Alcohol Sampling in Emergency Departments - PD2021_010, NSW Health, 23rd March 2021
Requirements for taking blood samples from patients who have been involved in an accident or those brought to ED by Police under arrest
Coronial cases and the coroners act 2009 - PD2010_054, NSW Health, 1 September 2010
To provide medical practitioners, health care workers and managers in the public health system with specific information about the Coroners Act 2009; and medical practitioners, nurses and midwives, health care workers and administrators with direction and guidance about reportable deaths to the NSW Coroner.