Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Department of Neuropathology

Autopsy Neuropathology

Ò NEUROPATHOLOGY – Histopathology Request Form (Version 2.2)  (updated 15/05/2020)

Coronial Neuropathology

We provide coronial autopsy and neuropathology expertise to all three NSW Forensic Medicine hubs (Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong) and ACT Forensic Medicine Centre.


Non-Coronial Neuropathology

We provide non-coronial autopsy neuropathology expertise for complex neurological disease and offer diagnostic services for neurological autopsy material across NSW. Please contact us for further details.


Ò Non-Coronial Post Mortem Consent and Authorisation  (updated 03/09/2022)

Ò Protocol for sending the specimen for examination   (updated 13/03/2017)


Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (CJD) Diagnosis

The RPA Neuropathology Department is the NSW state referral laboratory for all suspected clinical cases of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE’s) that included Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI), Gerstmann–Sträussler–Scheinker (GSS) and variant CJD.


We work closely with NSW Forensic Medicine Sydney, the NSW Ministry of Health and the Australian National CJD registry at the University of Melbourne.


Please note the turnaround time for diagnosis of suspected CJD cases is around 4-6 months.


Ò Non-Coronial Post Mortem Consent and Authorisation for ?CJD Brain Examination  (updated 02/02/2021)

Ò Information sheet for clinicians referring potential CJD cases   (updated 02/02/2021, Version 3.3) 


We also provide the suspected CJD review and screening service for neurosurgical specimens. This service requires pre-approval from our neuropathologists. Please contact us for further details.