Today the NSW Ministry of Health released a policy directive on assessment of extinction of life which has been in the pipeline for many years. The new policy allows registered nurses in NSW to pronounce life to be extinct prior to a medical practitioner certifying the cause of death. This should mean that when a person dies at home and a medical practitioner is not available the police will not need to be called if a registered nurse is present. This is of particular importance for people living in regional and rural NSW where access to medical practitioners is limited.
See the policy directive here for more information.