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Coronial investigations and inquests

26 Feb 2016

Responding to a reportable death in aged care brings unique challenges which must be approached in a considered way to avoid legal and reputational risks.

An approved provider may be required to give information to police and the coroner as part of a coronial investigation. If the matter proceeds to a coronial inquest, the provider may be named as an interested party in the inquest and this can be a complex legal process.

Hynes Legal has extensive experience acting for approved providers in both investigations and inquests and is well placed to provide practical tips and advice to assist providers with a range of coronial matters.

Our upcoming webinar, presented by Julie McStay, will provide attendees with practical tips and strategies to navigate coronial processes in a sensitive way while reducing the risk of adverse outcomes. To register for this highly practical session click here.

It can be difficult to minimise legal risks in a coronial matter while respecting the wishes of family and friends of the deceased. Preparation and clear definition of roles is essential to managing the sensitivities of a matter involving a death in aged care.

Having a clear and robust policy and procedure in place is the first step towards minimising the risk of adverse outcomes. Simply Legal - documents by Hynes Legal offers a range of Reportable Death (Coroners) Policies and Procedures tailored to meet legislative requirements in each state and territory.  Click here to view our Reportable Death (Coroners) Policies and Procedures.