Coroner rewriting 100s of death certificates

The Victorian Coroner is intercepting and rewriting hundreds of death certificates submitted by doctors each year, an investigation has revealed.

There are concerns that a large number of doctors in the state do not realise when they are required to report deaths to the coroner and are instead submitting death certificates — many of which contain inaccuracies — directly to the death registry.

In a study published Monday in the Medical Journal of Australia, researchers said staff at the state's death registry intercepted 4283 death certificates submitted by doctors