Coroners are responsible for investigating reportable deaths under the Coroners Act 2003 (Qld). The role of a coroner is to determine the identity of the deceased person, when, where, and how they died as well as the medical cause of death. A coroner can hold an inquest into a person’s death and make recommendations. These recommendations are focused on attempting to prevent similar deaths in the future rather than laying blame or assigning liability for the death.

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