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Coronial Admissions and Enquiries
The Coronial Admissions and Enquiries (CA&E) is a 24-hour office that coordinates the initial phase of the coroner’s investigation including receiving reports of deaths and admitting people into the care of the coronial jurisdiction.
The CA&E also begins the initial process of requesting information that the coroner may need, such as medical records, to help in their investigation. Importantly, CA&E staff also manage the coordination of any medical scientific and forensic investigations to help the coroner establish the identify of the person who died and the medical cause of their death, if possible.
The medical scientific and forensic examinations are conducted by pathologists from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFIM) who provide medical and scientific expertise to coroners to assist with the medical aspects of their investigations.
Staff from the CA&E can assist with information regarding:
• the identification process
• any medical examinations that may be required including the preliminary examination
and/or an autopsy
• the release of the person for the funeral
• any questions families may have in relation to the initial stages of the coroner’s
• referral to external counselling and support services.