You can help give a family the opportunity to understand the reasons for their loss by referring their case for a postmortem examination.

Please contact our Care Coordinator as soon as possible who can help:

  • provide the treating team with information to determine if a post mortem examination and the ancillary tests available will be of benefit
  • connect the Perinatal Pathologist with the family to help answer questions and explain the types of tests involved
  • with the consent process and documentation required
  • assist with transport arrangements
  • ensure the family’s individual cultural and religious needs are met

Our Care Coordinator  p. 0436 698 366 is available via email Monday - Friday during business hours (with weekend emails answered the next working day).  If you need after hours or urgent postmortem advice call:

  • The Children’s Hospital, Westmead (02) 9845 0000 switchboard and ask to be transferred to the on-call pathologist
  • The John Hunter Hospital (02) 4921 3000 switchboard and ask to be transferred Ella Sugo
  • Prince of Wales Hospital (02) 9382 2222 switchboard and ask to be transferred to the on-call pathologist
Service Guides

Other forms available via Stream Solutions (using your usual ordering process) or email

  • Cremation certificate
  • Medical Certificate Cause of Death

New forms that will be available in August via Stream Solutions (until then, continue to use existing forms)

  • Non-Coronial postmortem consent authorisation
  • Agreement and arrangement for burial / cremation of unregistered baby
Other information for health professionals on Reportable Deaths and Stillbirth, and Policies and Guidelines are listed here