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Heart valve donation and the story of Hamish’s Heart

February 5th 2016

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The Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria and VIFM are proud to take part in a four-part series to be broadcast on ABC 774 Melbourne with Drive presenter Raf Epstein. The story of ‘Hamish’s Heart’ takes you on the journey of a young Melbourne man’s life changing surgery to receive a donated heart valve.

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Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith receives AO award for service to public health

January 26th 2016

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Congratulations to Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith who received the award of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day 2016 Honours List for her distinguished service to public health in the area of accident and injury prevention, to forensic medicine, and to higher education as an academic.

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2014/15 Annual Report is out now

October 21st 2015

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The 2014/15 VIFM Annual Report is available for download now. It focuses is on the impact of drugs on our community, and on our work.

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Theatrical performance at the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria

July 31st 2015

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The Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria are celebrating DonateLife Week 2015 with a special theatrical performance called ‘The Rest is Silence’ on Saturday 8 August.

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Specialist Hair Drug Testing at VIFM

July 20th 2015

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VIFM offers specialist, rapid hair drug testing which gives you a verified report within five working days.

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New website for the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria is launched

June 25th 2015

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The Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria, which is co-located at VIFM, has launched a new website.

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Charlie and the Forensic Factory

June 23rd 2015

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Charlie Pickering interviews the team at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and the Coroners Court of Victoria.

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Forensic Short Courses 2015

February 12th 2015

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Forensic short courses offered by VIFM and Monash University’s Department of Forensic Medicine for 2015 include post mortem CT interpretation and forensic dentistry for disaster victim identification.

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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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