Expert Opinions

The forensic medical and scientific experts at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine are regularly engaged by both prosecution and defence teams within the criminal justice system throughout Australia and overseas. We also provide a range of specialist expert opinions in civil and administrative jurisdictions.

The medico-legal and expert scientific opinions we provide cover the fields of forensic pathology, clinical forensic medicine forensic odontology and forensic anthropology as well as a number of forenic science disciplines including toxicology, molecular biology and entomology.

The medical and scientific staff of the Institute are able to undertake private consultations in a range of areas, (see details below) and can be contacted via email.

Clinical Forensic Medicine Expert Opinion: cfm@vifm.org The Division of Clinical Forensic Medicine is able to provide medico-legal advice and opinions on a range of fields. These include:

  • injury interpretation
  • adult and child physical and sexual assault
  • clinical pharmacology (alcohol, drugs and driving skills)
  • custodial medicine
  • medico-legal issues
  • hospital medicine
  • general practice
  • emergency medicine
  • Traffic Medicine
  • electrical death and injury investigations
Access to the service is available to:
  • Government departments and agencies
  • The legal profession
  • The medical profession
  • Private organisations and agencies
  • Private individuals
Forensic Pathology Expert Opinion: enq.medicolegal@vifm.org The Institute employs a range of specialist forensic pathologists who in addition to routine forensic pathology work provide medico-legal opinions covering issues such as injury interpretation, cause of death and the reconstruction of events surrounding a  death. Our forensic pathologists are particularly engaged in circumstances of homicide or suspicious deaths evaluation.Forensic pathologists also provide advice in a number of civil matters relating to workplace disease, death and injury.

A number of the pathology staff of the Institute have areas of special interest as follows:
  • aviation medicine
  • industrial disease
  • paediatric
  • neuropathology
  • public health and infectious disease and
  • assessment of medical treatment.
  • exhumations
  • homicide investigation
Access to the service is available to:
  • Government departments and agencies
  • The legal profession
  • The medical profession
  • Private organisations and agencies
  • Private individuals