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Post Mortem

Ordering information:

Cerner orderable: Post Mortem (Baby)

 or Post Mortem (Adult)


Adult post mortems at Eastern Health are referred to the Austin hospital to be performed and reported. They should be sent directly to Austin Anatomical Pathology from any Eastern Health Site. Click here for Austin Risk Assessment and here for Austin Request forms.

Austin Hospital Mortuary Ph: 9496-5658.     Fax:9496 3437


Perinatal post mortems are performed at Monash Medical Centre  Ph: 9594 3500         Fax: 9594 6284.

They should be sent directly to Monash Anatomical Pathology from any Eastern Health Site.

Click here for VPAS Instructions and VPAS request forms.

For transfers:

Mebourne and Penninsula Funeral Transfers: Ph: 0475 448 996 or Metropolitain Funeral transfers: 0438 054 327.




Alternate names:
Anatomical Pathology
Specimen types:
Container types:
Not required
Collection Instructions:

Evolution test codes for tracking purposes: see WORK-AP-58 Histology Data Entry Codes.

Baby < 20 weeks (stored in pathology fridge)

Baby > 20 weeks (store in mortuary)

Adult (mortuary)





As required
Result Turnaround Time:
8-12 weeks
Laboratory Use Only
Storage Instructions:



Transport Instructions:

Metropolitan Funeral Transfer can be contacted on 0438 054 327 to organise the transfer between hospitals.

Austin Hospital prefers to use their preferred transport company.

Laboratory Notes:

Pathology Perinatal Protocols