Minister of Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard congratulates Michelle Lan and the rest of team involved in the topping out ceremony for Lidcombe’s new multi-million dollar Forensic Medicine and Coroners Court Complex.
A TOPPING out ceremony was held at the new $91.5 million Forensic Medicine and Coroner's Court at Lidcombe marking the complex reaching its highest point.
Located at the former Lidcombe Hospital site the new complex, which is due to open in 2019, will be much larger than the State Coroner's Court and NSW Health Pathology Forensic Medicine facility in Glebe, with both Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Attorney General Mark Speakman attending a ceremony which involved a tree being lifted by a crane to the top of the building.
Mr Hazzard said the complex will deliver additional coronial services, courtrooms and vastly improved technology.
"This amazing new complex has been built with dignity, compassion and privacy in mind and, by using the latest forensic medicine technology, will ensure grieving families get timely answers," he said.
The complex will feature additional viewing and counselling rooms and family waiting areas as well as an area for smoking ceremonies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and a multi-faith room.
Mr Speakman said the development of forensic medicine services should take into account that human tragedy is behind every case investigated at the facility.
"With every sudden unexplained or unexpected death, there are families grieving and in need of support and answers," Mr Speakman said.
"The building will also feature spacious support facilities, with more counselling rooms and private waiting areas, to provide a more comfortable environment for families during a very difficult time."