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Beer Study Helps Dismiss Hip Flask Defence

December 15th 2014

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Dr Rodda’s study sheds light on the drinking behaviours of the individual. His technique can not only prove a person has consumed beer, but also what type of beer they were drinking. The results were achieved over a three year study which included five separate drinking studies of different kinds of beer involving five volunteers – under strict medical supervision – and their blood and urine measured using his developed technique. The results were fascinating and also indicated that beer consumption can be confirmed in the blood stream for at least six hours after a person reaches a level of .05.

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Flying High in Histology

December 9th 2014

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Forensic specialist, Michael Pais, explains his new histological method for ageing fly eggs to more accurately predict the time of death.

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VIFM Annual Report 2013/14

November 10th 2014

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The 2013/14 VIFM Annual Report is now available online to read or download. The theme of the 2013/14 VIFM Annual Report is ‘The Lifecycle of a Medico-Legal Death Investigation at VIFM.’

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New centre to help sexual assault victims opens in Dandenong

October 2nd 2014

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VIFM’s Clinical Forensic Medicine staff to support new sexual assault support centre in Dandenong. $10 million centre brings Victoria Police, child protection, sexual assault counselling, nursing and forensic medical services together at one location. Four multidisciplinary centres now operating in Victoria.

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The Communiqué has returned

September 2nd 2014

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After a five-year hiatus we are delighted to announce the return of VIFM’s Clinical Communiqué and a new website.

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State-of-the-Art Forensic Institute and Court Rooms Open in Melbourne

August 29th 2014

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Victoria’s re-developed, state-of-the-art coroners courts and Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine together make up a world-class facility and a centre of excellence in clinical forensic medicine expertise, death investigation and tissue banking, according to Attorney-General Robert Clark.

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What is DVI? Disaster Victim Identification explained.

July 25th 2014

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Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) is the formal process whereby multiple individuals who have died as a result of a single incident have their identity established through the application of scientifically proven techniques. The nature of most mass fatality incidents means that visual recognition is rarely an appropriate option, and even in those situations when the […]

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Victorian experts to assist in MH17 identification process

July 23rd 2014

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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 […]

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New Director for Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

July 10th 2014

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Eminent forensic pathologist Professor Noel Woodford is the new director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.

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Forensic Matters, Vol. 1, May 2014

May 22nd 2014

Our first edition of VIFM’s new publication, Forensic Matters, hits the virtual newstands!

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