Cremation and the medical practitioner

Mark J Ferson, Reannon Johnson and Toni Cains
Med J Aust 2023; 218 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51824
Published online: 6 March 2023

To the Editor: A recent survey found that 65% of Australians choose cremation over burial, and that, in the context of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) pandemic, cremations could be increased fourfold.1 It seems appropriate to look at the various roles of the medical practitioner in approving cremations.

  • 1 University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, NSW


Competing interests:

The NSW Ministry of Health provides annual funding of $28 000 to the Public Health Unit, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, to support the costs of administration of the appointment of medical referees in New South Wales on behalf of the Secretary of the NSW Ministry of Health.


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