Writing yesterday in The Conversation, Professor Loane Skene looks at some issues regarding disclosure of genetic results after a family member’s death.

The commentary follows a paper by Sarah Boers & others entitled Postmortem disclosure of genetic information to family members: active or passive?

Professor Skene comments:

The Australian law makes it clear that doctors can breach confidentiality where it is necessary to protect the health of a close relative. That person’s health is more important than the privacy of the deceased.