You will require this appointment if you intend to act as a medical referee and approve the cremation of remains. The remains of a deceased person can only be cremated in Western Australia if a permit to cremate has been issued by an independent medical referee.
The role of a medical referee is to scrutinise specific information on the circumstances leading to death. A referee must
- be certain that the deceased has died from natural circumstances;
- establish that there is no indication of any non-natural process; and
- determine that cremation can safely proceed.
A medical referee can then issue a permit authorising cremation.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible for this appointment you must:
- Be a registered medical practitioner;
- Have practised medicine for a minimum of 5 years;
- Complete the relevant application form; and
- Pay the required fee.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.
Guidelines for Medical Referees
Application for Appointment as a Medical Referee for Cremation Approvals - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.
There are no prescribed forms for the application, but at a minimum the following information must be provided:
- A letter explaining the reason for the application;
- Your contact details;
- A copy of your current registration as a medical practitioner in Western Australia; and
- Your curriculum vitae.
These documents will be forwarded to the Governor for consideration. Please use the contact details below to find out more information.
Approximately 20 working days.
Department of Health
Disaster Management, Regulation and Planning Directorate
Cremation Act 1929 (Western Australia)
Cremation Regulations 1954 (Western Australia)
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