Dear colleagues  

This is for your information and interest. Please share with your members, collagues and anyone else who may be interested.  

Death documentation now available online:  The new online service for medical practitioners and nurse practitioners to complete medical certificates of cause of death and cremation forms is now LIVE. This is a joint Department for Internal Affairs/Ministry of Health initiative, led by the Department of Internal Affairs.  This is the first version of the Death Documents service - future releases in 2018 will provide greater functionality and integration with other systems including the Health Practitioner Index and National Health Index. Information about future plans can be found under 

Upcoming features on the Death Documents Welcome page    In conjunction with the launch of the online Death Documents service the pages containing information about the Burial and Cremation Act and guidelines for cause of death certification on the Ministry's website have been updated.  

Disinterment Licence fees may be now paid online:  To date, payment for disinterment licences has been by cheque, made out to the Ministry of Health. However, we note that many applicants are providing bank cheques, not personal cheques, and the lodging of cheques is also creating transaction costs within the Ministry.  Our Finance section has provided the following advice to enable applicants to deposit their disinterment licence application fee via online banking.  Please provide this advice to any applicants for disinterment licences. Here are the details for the payment instructions.  Payments for Disinterment License Fees are to be made by Direct Credit / online banking / bank deposit to the Ministry of Health's bank account  Westpac account 03-0049-0001805-00. Please include details in the online payment reference fields as follows: [name of payer] / Disinter Lic / [surname and initials of deceased]  When payment has been made, please email details of your remittance advice to