What to do if someone dies

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If someone dies at home

  • If the death was expected, you should notify the person's doctor. An expected death is not an emergency. There is no need to call the police or ambulance.
    Find out more about what to do Immediately after a death
  • If the death was unexpected or unnatural, you should notify the police. They will determine whether the coroner needs to be involved.
    Find out more about what happens when a death is reported to the coroner.

If someone dies in hospital

If a death occurs in a hospital, nursing home or other medical care facility, staff will notify the person's doctor or the doctor on call, who will complete a medical certificate of cause of death.

If someone dies at work

There are procedures that need to be followed if a person dies while at work in South Australia.

If someone dies while overseas

If someone dies in transit

  • The crew of an aircraft or vessel should be notified of any on-board deaths. They are responsible for reporting an illness or death to federal authorities.

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