Forensic Medicine

We are responsible for conducting post-mortem examinations on behalf of the NSW Coroner as part of investigations into reportable deaths under the NSW Coroners Act (2009). This includes unexplained and unexpected deaths, and deaths of a suspicious nature.

Forensic Medicine employs a multi-disciplinary team of experts across three sites in NSW – Sydney (Lidcombe), Newcastle and Wollongong. This team includes forensic pathologists, radiologists, radiographers, forensic odontologists, anthropologists, forensic post-mortem technicians, social workers and specialist administrative staff.

We utilise a full spectrum of forensic pathology ancillary testing, such as post-mortem toxicology, histology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, and industry-leading technology in our post-mortem radiology services (CT scanning and X-rays), to assist in our examinations.

This allows us to: 

  • provide information to the judicial system to assist in criminal investigations.
  • provide expert testimony on all aspects of forensic medicine.
  • attend crime scenes to provide in-field expertise.
  • support disaster victim identification.
  • provide pivotal input and assistance to help identify unclaimed and unidentified bodies.
  • offer anthropological examination of skeletal remains.

We also provide teaching and training for medical students as well as health, emergency and law enforcement professionals.

Information for families

When the death of a relative or friend occurs suddenly, unexpectedly or in traumatic circumstances, it is a very painful experience. We want to offer our sincere condolences and let you know we are here to support you. The Coroners Court also publishes a brochure which explains the initial steps after a death is reported to the Coroner, and will help guide you through the coronial process. 

Click here for more information which will help families better understand the coronial process and what will happen to your loved one during this very difficult time.

Please be assured that we will treat your relative or friend, and your family with respect, dignity and compassion.

Contact us 

Sydney (Lidcombe) and Wollongong: Dr Stephanie Hales  p.02 9563 9000

Newcastle: Rebecca Gigli p. 02 4935 9700