Professor Johan Duflou presented at the 2020 NDARC Webinar Series on Thursday, 26 June 2020.
Death investigation reports compiled for the coroner provide a wealth of information which can be accessed for research purposes. This is supplemented by information accessible from the National Coronial Information System (NCIS) which has a database of over 400,000 fatalities reported to the Coroner in Australia and New Zealand since 2000.
This presentation reviews the process of death investigation in Australasia, discusses some differences between jurisdictions and in other parts of the world, and provides advice on means of maximising the value of accessible information.
Professor Johan Duflou is a senior forensic pathologist practicing from Sydney and presently providing the coronial autopsy service in Canberra for the ACT coronial system. He has extensive expertise in all aspects of forensic medicine and pathology, including death investigation, trauma related deaths, natural diseases, and drug related pathology affecting the human body. He has a particular interest in sudden cardiac death, whether from inherited disease in the young, or as a complication of drug use in the middle aged, or the result of degenerative disease in the elderly. Jo has published extensively on both cardiac disease and on illicit substance related deaths, and is a longterm research collaborator with Shane Darke and other members of NDARC, with resultant diverse publications examining aspects of psychostimulant, opioid, alcohol and various other drug related deaths and disease progression.