Office of the State Coroner, Queensland
"Prior to the establishment of the NCIS, coroners had to rely on memory or word of mouth to find previous cases that might be relevant to deaths currently being investigated. The NCIS has proven to be a valuable resource for the Queensland State Coroner and other Queensland Coroners. The NCIS is able to identify similar Queensland and Australian cases for review which may assist coroners to make effective, evidence based recommendations."
"The NCIS website has been a key foundational resource for our investigations of sudden deaths in the young. The database is comprehensive, easily accessible, and provides important information for our research endeavours."
Social and Demographic Statistics, Australian Bureau of Statistics
"The NCIS system provides the ABS with a single point of access for coding coroner certified deaths across the State and Territory jurisdictions. It has proven to be an invaluable aid with regard to mortality coding undertaken by the ABS, saving significant time and staff resources.
Enhancements to the quality and availability of information on the NCIS have led to improved accuracy and timeliness of cause of death coding over recent years. This has been especially important in providing high quality information on accidental deaths, and deaths from intentional self-harm, both critical areas for policy and research."
James Eynstone-Hinkins, Director, Social and Demographic Statistics Australian Bureau of Statistics
Drugs Policy and Services, Victorian Department of Human Services
"…thanks for the fantastic service you all provide. We’re getting a lot of use out of this data, and hopefully it will lead to preventing some of these tragic and unnecessary deaths."
Dr Malcolm Dobbin, Senior Medical Advisor, Drugs Policy and Services Victorian Department of Human Services
Blind Makers Association of Australia
"In January 2003, the Office of Fair Trading in NSW imposed on the window furnishing industry a regulation to prevent children strangling themselves in looped operating cords.
The industry had no knowledge of any such tragedies and as such were unaware of the background to these incidents.
Using information from the NCIS, I was able to tell the principals of some of the largest blind manufacturers in Australia that children had in fact died, and was able to relate the circumstances of some of the cases in such a way that we could all be motivated to do our best to minimise risks in the future.
It has made our job of selling the need for a safety first approach to blind loops to our members, and they in turn to their staff and customers, much easier."
Peter Schweinsberg, Safety Officer – Blind Makers Association of Australia
School of Public Health, University of Sydney
"The National Coronial Information System is the most innovative and comprehensive initiative anywhere in the world to make use of Coroners' information, and should underpin all major research initiatives into fatal injury in Australia."
A/Prof Tim Driscoll, Epidemiology and Occupational Medicine, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney
Senior Deputy State Coroner, New South Wales
"Just Brilliant! Thank you so much for taking the time to do that [search on deaths involving logging incidents] for me…..absolutely invaluable! It’s great to see the worth of your wonderful program in action. Well done!
Jacqueline Milledge, previous Senior Deputy State Coroner, New South Wales
Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, NSW Health Department
"Currently the NSW Department of Health relies on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics for information on the number of deaths and their causes. The National Coronial Information System has the potential to provide richer and more timely information than is currently available, and will improve the Department’s ability to monitor the occurrence of unnatural deaths, implement programs targeting relevant risk factors and evaluate prevention programs."
Lee Taylor Manager, Surveillance Methods Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, NSW Health Department
Prevention Research, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University
"NCIS is unique and Australia is the envy of every country where I have presented injury data and research in recent years, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, The Netherlands, New Zealand and other Asian Pacific countries."
Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith, Head of Prevention Research, Monash University
Research Centre for Injury Studies, Flinders University, South Australia
"I am writing to let you know that we are finding the information from the NCIS to be very useful. We are able to study the topic of interest (alcohol and water safety) in ways that go beyond what we could do with any other practicable source. We have been able to undertake this part of our project quickly (ie within a few weeks), once we obtained access to the relevant set of NCIS records."
Professor James Harrison, Research Centre for Injury Studies, Flinders University South Australia