Dates: Monday 3rd August – Thursday 6th August 2020
Location: Plueckhahn Theatre, The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, 65 Kavanagh St,
Southbank, Melbourne, Vic, 3006

In conjunction with the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, this intensive short course is delivered by The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM), Australia’s largest multi-disciplinary centre for forensic medical and scientific services. The primary focus of this course is the principles and practice of the analysis and interpretation of skeletal trauma from the perspective of the Forensic Anthropologist.

Course content includes detailed lectures and interactive sessions on trauma biomechanics, blunt force trauma, low and high velocity projectile trauma, sharp force trauma and taphonomic processes. This unique course is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and will enable participants to apply principles and learnings to real case scenarios. It is relevant to professionals and students involved in the analysis of human skeletal remains including forensic anthropologists, forensic pathologists (and registrars), biological archaeologists and heritage officers. A basic knowledge of human osteology is required to participate. Lectures will be delivered by medico-legal and forensic science experts from the VIFM and external organisations.

Course Objectives:
At the end of the course participants with be able to:

  • An understanding of the role of different experts in the analysis and interpretation of skeletal trauma;
  • A basic understanding of the biomechanics of skeletal trauma;
  • Knowledge of different types of trauma including blunt force, sharp force and high and low velocity projectile trauma;
  • An understanding of the complexity of interpreting the timing of skeletal trauma;
  • Knowledge about the importance of taphonomy in the context of interpreting skeletal defects;
  • An understanding of the role of post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) in the context of analysing and interpreting skeletal trauma, and
  • Awareness of the limitations when giving evidence in court related to skeletal trauma.

Terms & Conditions: Registrations are limited to 24 attendees and are allocated on a first come first served basis. Registrations will close once this quota has been reached. Should the course fail to attract more than 8 registrations after 2 weeks prior to the start date, the course will be cancelled. In the event of a cancellation full refunds will be processed. In the event that you are unable to attend registrations can either be transferred to another party or a refund issued. Refunds need to be requested in writing and sent to All refunds will be subject to an administrative fee of $150. The program is accurate at the time of publication. It may be subject to change. If there are substantial changes, participants will be notified.

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Analysis and Interpretation of Skeletal Trauma Short Course 2020


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