Death: Who to Call? If someone dies at home do you know who to call? If there is any doubt, call an ambulance!!!! Where they have died from a long term illness or of natural causes generally you should call the person’s doctor so that they can confirm the death and sign a death certificate. However in some situations the death must be reported to the Police. The legislation is State based and in NSW a reportable death is one where the death occurs in any of the following situations: (a) the person died a violent or unnatural death, (b) the person died a sudden death the cause of which is unknown, (c) the person died under suspicious or unusual circumstances, (d) the person died in circumstances where the person had not been attended by a medical practitioner during the period of 6 months immediately before the person’s death, (e) the person died in circumstances where the person’s death was not the reasonably expected outcome of a health-related procedure carried out in relation to the person, (f) the person died while in or temporarily absent from a declared mental health facility within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 2007and while the person was a patient at the facility for the purpose of receiving care, treatment or assistance under the Mental Health Act 2007or Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act1990. (from s 6 Coroners Act 2009 (NSW)) A doctor cannot issue a death certificate if the death ‘reportable death” as the police must investigate. However if it is a non reportable death, once a doctor has signed a death certificate the body of the deceased can be moved to a funeral home - don’t do this yourself! Call a funeral home to arrange for transportation of the body. Over the next few days the family can make arrangements for the funeral.