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Mortuary assistant

Mortuary assistants, sometimes called mortuary attendants or mortuary technicians, play an important role in the post-mortem examination process. They assist forensic pathologists in preparing bodies and organ specimens for examination, while also maintaining the mortuary rooms, supplies and equipment.

This position requires excellent hygiene and infection control as handling specimens and potential exposure to pathogens is high.

This job is physically and emotionally demanding. The position involves regular exposure to deceased persons of all ages, often in all states of disfigurement, decomposition and/or disruption.


There is no mandatory qualification but a relevant qualification in science would be well regarded, as well as demonstrated autopsy/dissection and/or pathology laboratory experience.


Mortuary assistants at Queensland Health may be required to work at other mortuaries, not just at Coopers Plains.

Job vacancies are advertised on the Smart Jobs website.


  • Providing mortuary assistance to pathologists including photography, collection, labelling and processing of specimens, specialised dissection, reconstruction and handling of deceased persons
  • Handling deceased persons with dignity, care and respect at all times
  • Cleaning autopsy theatres and storage areas to ensure a clean working environment
  • Assisting in the controlled release and preparation of deceased persons for viewing and identification purposes
  • Following mortuary registration practices accurately
  • Undertaking continual professional development, quality and workplace health and safety activities

Pay and conditions

This role requires staff to participate in a 24-hour, 7-days a week on-call roster.

At Queensland Health the Hospital and Health Services General Employees Award or the Queensland Public Service Officers  and Other Employees Award applies to operational officers.

You can review the wage rates for operational officers.

Last updated: 25 August 2021