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Organ Retention

Occasionally, a pathologist will recommend as part of the autopsy, that it is necessary to retain whole organs such as the brain or heart, or larger portions of tissue for medical tests to help further investigate a death.

Coronial Admissions and Enquiries (CA&E) staff will contact the senior next of kin to discuss thisand the coroner will need to authorise the retention before it happens

CA&E staff will also need to speak to the senior next of kin about their wishes concerning what happens to the organs when the testing and examination is complete.

For further information about organ retention contact CA&E staff on 1300 309 519.