Victorian experts to assist in MH17 identification process

July 23rd 2014

MEDIA STATEMENT FROM THE HON ROBERT CLARK MP, ATTORNEY GENERAL

Tuesday 22 July 2014
 

Victorian experts to assist in MH17 identification process

 

Four Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) experts from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) will today leave for Amsterdam to assist in efforts to identify the victims of the MH17 tragedy and bring them home to their family and friends.
 

The team comprises the Deputy Director of VIFM, Associate Professor David Ranson, who is a forensic pathologist, together with two odontologists, who specialise in identifying victims from dental records, and a mortuary technician.
 

As other tragedies such as the Black Saturday bushfires have demonstrated, Victoria’s forensic experts have a great deal of knowledge, experience and skill to bring to bear on this sad task.
 

The Victorian Government wishes them well and thanks all those who are assisting in bringing home the Victorian victims of this terrible tragedy.
 

Anyone requiring further information or assistance is encouraged to phone the DFAT hotline on 1300 555 135 within Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas.
 

The Victorian Government stands ready to provide assistance to affected families and to the Commonwealth following this tragedy.
 

Media contact: James Copsey 0419 984 371 james.copsey@minstaff.vic.gov.au

Associate Professor David Ranson

Associate Professor David Ranson

 

 

 

DOWNLOAD PDF:

2014-07-22 – AG Clark – Victorian experts to assist in MH17 ID process

 

 

 

 

LINKS:

7.30 Report (ABC) broadcast 23 July 2014, featuring interview with Dr Richard Bassed,
“MH17: forensic scientists face massive task at world’s biggest crime scene”

“The Project” (Network Ten) broadcast 23 July 2014, featuring interview with Dr Richard Bassed.
http://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/the-project/2014/7/23