Who We Are
VIDEO: Introduction to the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine by Professor Stephen Cordner, Director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and Professor of Forensic medicine at Monash University.
The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine is a statutory authority incorporated under the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Act 1985 (VIFM Act 1985). It operates under the auspices of the Department of Justice, reporting to Parliament through the Attorney-General. The Institute also operates as the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University.
Our statutory responsibilities are to provide; independent, expert and credible forensic medical and scientific services to the justice system, human tissues for transplantation, teaching in medicine and science and to undertake research related to these activities.
Our staff include leading experts in forensic medicine including:
- Forensic Pathologists
- Clinical Forensic Physicians
- Forensic Odontologists
- Forensic Anthropologists
- Forensic Radiologists
- Forensic Entomologists
Our Forensic Scientific Services employs leaders in various specialty fields of forensic science including:
- Forensic Toxicology
- Molecular Biology
- and a range of medical laboratory scientists.
The Institute is internationally recognised with many of our staff having leadership roles in international scientific and medical societies. We work with a number of international organisations including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Agencies including the UNDP, the UNODC and UNICEF.
The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine deals with many critical national and international issues of public interest.