Frequently Asked Questions

Why are doctors who are paid by a DHB or other public service agencies excluded from payment?

Doctors employed by District Health Boards and other doctors employed within public service roles are excluded from payment as they are already paid to write s 40 reports as part of their duties.

Can trainee doctors write s 40 reports?

The Coroners Act 2006 defines a doctor as a health practitioner who is registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand as a practitioner of the profession of medicine. Trainee doctors can write s 40 reports with appropriate supervision from a registered doctor. However, it is expected that the report will be signed off and submitted by the supervising registered doctor who is registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Can I submit my invoice separately from my s 40 report?

It is preferred that you submit your invoice with the s 40 report. However, if you wish to submit an invoice separately, please ensure that you clearly state what report the invoice is for by using the reference information provided in the s 40 report request letter and notice to provide report.

Who do I contact if I have a query about the request for a s 40 report?

Please refer to the contact information provided in the s 40 report request letter.

Who do I contact if I have a query about invoicing or payment for a s 40 report?

Please email s40CoronersActReports@justice.govt.nz if you have any queries about invoicing or payment.