New Director for Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

July 10th 2014

Professor Noel WoodfordEminent forensic pathologist Professor Noel Woodford is the new director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, the Attorney General Robert Clark announced today.

Professor Woodford takes over from Professor Stephen Cordner who established the institute and has been its director since the VIFM’s inception in 1987.

After spending time in the UK as consultant pathologist to the Home Office and senior lecturer in forensic pathology at Sheffield University, Professor Woodford returned to Melbourne and became Head of Pathology at the Institute in 2008. He first worked at the VIFM as a registrar in 1994.

Professor Woodford graduated MB BS from the University of Melbourne in 1987. He has a master of Laws (with distinction) from the University of Cardiff and is a fellow of both the Royal College of Pathologists in the UK and Australia.

At the announcement of his appointment Professor Woodford said he was honoured to be the Institute’s second director.

“I’m extremely honoured and not a little nervous, but I want to assure everyone that I will work to ensure that the Institute not only prospers but retains its well-deserved and hard won reputation for quality, integrity and excellence.”

“Over the 27 years of its existence the VIFM has grown from a niche/family operation of less than 50 to a complex organisation of more than 200 people with links to multiple individuals and entities,” he said.

“We are in a privileged position. In the proper discharge of our responsibilities, we have a trust invested in us, something that we can never take for granted – and be at constant pains to protect.”

The Attorney General said Professor Cordner’s international reputation and continued work in this sphere will ensure the prestige of the Institute abroad, and reinforce its global attractiveness as a facility to train forensic doctors, dentists, and scientists. Its excellence is recognised world-wide.

“With Stephen’s reputation established, we are looking to Noel’s leadership capabilities to build further on our reputation as a respected national and international leader in forensic medicine, research and teaching and VIFM’s contribution of world class expertise to the international effort in responding to humanitarian disasters,” he said.


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