You will require this appointment if you intend to act as a medical referee to approve the cremation of human remains. The remains of a deceased person can only be cremated in Western Australia if a permit to cremate has been issued by an appointed medical referee. Medical referees are appointed by the Governor of Western Australia through the Department of Health.
The role of a medical referee is to scrutinise the available information on the circumstances leading to death. A referee must:
- assess whether the deceased has died from natural causes
- look for any indication of a unnatural death
- check that all other aspects of the proposed cremation are in order
- decide that a cremation can or cannot safely proceed.
Once satisfied, the appointed medical referee can issue a permit to cremate.
There are no forms available for an application for appointment as a medical referee. Applications must consist of:
- a letter explaining the reasons for the application
- contact details of the applicant
- the applicant's curriculum vitae
- a copy of the applicant's current medical registration.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.