VIFM Publications

VIFM Annual Reports

VIFM Annual Report 2013-2014

The 2013-2014 VIFM Annual Report theme reflects on ‘The lifecycle of a medico-legal death investigation at VIFM’.

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or Download the VIFM Annual Report 2013/14 here.
Download the VIFM Financial Statements Year Ended 30 June 2014



VIFM Annual Report 2012-2013

The 2012-2013 VIFM Annual Report is dedicated to donors and their families who, through their extraordinary generosity, make possible the work of the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria.

The cover design represents the Tree of Life artwork which is described on page 36 of the report.

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Download the VIFM Financial Statements Year Ended 30 June 2013



VIFM Annual Report 2011-2012

The 2011-2012 VIFM Annual Report is dedicated to the achievements of VIFM forensic specialists in the identification of the remains of notorious bush ranger, Ned Kelly.

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VIFM Communiqués

The VIFM Communiqués are produced by a small team of practising clinicians with experience in emergency medicine, aged care, acute and subacute hospital care, forensic medicine, health education, public health and patient safety. VIFM produces the Clinical Communiqué and the Residential Aged Care Communiqué. Subscription to these e-publications is free and each Communiqué is produced quarterly.


Forensic Matters

Forensic Matters







Forensic Matters is a magazine produced in-house by VIFM. Download Volume 1 (May 2014) here.


VIFM Strategic Plan 2013-2016




A Guide to Debriefing at VIFM










Debriefing (or talking to someone about a difficult or stressful experience), has long been recognised as an important way of dealing with the everyday stresses of working in a place like the VIFM. While the need for healthy and constructive debriefing is clear, we realised there was need to delve deeper into issues around maintaining confidentiality, how you can support yourself and your colleagues during difficult times and how to recognise when your usual coping strategies aren’t sufficient.
With this in mind, the Institute engaged the services of Psychotherapist and Socio-analytic Consultant, Sara Taylor to develop a resource for staff to better understand debriefing and the importance of maintaining good mental health practices. Numerous staff from across the Institute were consulted, with many of their experiences used as case studies. The resulting booklet is called, A Guide to Debriefing at VIFM. Thanks to the generous support of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, we were able to print and distribute these booklets to all staff members at a launch which was held on the 1st of May 2013.