Forensic Dentistry Short Course

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4-DAY SHORT COURSE: Thursday 3 May – Sunday 6 May 2018

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Course Description:

This intensive short course is designed for dentists who are interested in learning about the role of dentistry in Disaster Victim Identification (DVI), including permanent and Reserve members of the Australian Defence Force. The course covers Disaster Victim Identification, including Interpol protocols, mortuary protocols, how we work with other forensic specialists, medico-legal report writing and appearing as an expert witness in court.

The course will include case studies, practical exercises and scenario-based training. The course will be led by two senior forensic odontologists with extensive experience in Disaster Victim Identification (Indian Ocean Tsunami 2005, Black Saturday 2009, MH17 2014). Guest lectures will be presented by forensic pathologists, a forensic anthropologist, the mortuary manager and a DNA expert.


Course Objectives:

At the end of the course participants will have:

  • an understanding of the role of forensic dentistry in DVI
  • a familiarity with internationally recognised DVI protocols and processes, from the scene through to reconciliation
  • observed an autopsy
  • an understanding of the respective roles of forensic experts


Course Convenors

Dr Richard Bassed, Course ConvenorAssociate Professor Richard Bassed
Deputy Director and Senior Forensic Odontologist, VIFM
Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University.





Dr Jeremy Graham, Course ConvenorDr Jeremy Graham
Consultant Forensic Odontologist, VIFM.
Senior Lecturer, Dentistry, La Trobe University.





How to register:

For more information or to register, please contact:

Rosalie Clementson
Tel: +61 3 9684 4322



Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Southbank.
Plueckhahn Lecture Theatre.
65 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, VIC 3006.
Please check here for directions and parking.



Registration fee is $2,700 incl. GST

Includes course manual, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and certificate of attendance.

Eligible for 28 Scientific hours/Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

Note that numbers are strictly limited to 16 and the course will close as soon as we have 16 registrations.



Day 1 – Thursday 3rd May 2018

Basics of Forensic Odontology

Introduction to DVI

Welcome / Introductions

Introduction to Forensic Odontology


Introduction to DVI


‘Operation Phoenix’ (Vic Bushfire)

The Role of the Forensic Pathologist in DVI


Discussion RE next 3 days

Day 2 – Friday 4th May 2018

Phase I – The Scene

Phase II – Post-Mortem Examination

Mortuary Protocols

Autopsy Viewing

The Role of the Fingerprint Expert in DVI


Phase I – The Scene


Phase I – The Scene Exercise

Dental Ageing


‘Operation Cawdor’ (Tsunami)

Dental Ageing Exercise

Day 3 – Saturday 5th May 2018

Phase II – Post-Mortem Examination

Phase III – Ante-Mortem Data Collection

Phase II – Post-Mortem Examination and Interpol Documentation

Tooth Identification Exercise

‘Operation Awer’ (MH17)


Phase II – Post-Mortem Charting Exercise


Phase III – Ante-Mortem Data Collection Interpol Documentation


PHASE III – Ante-Mortem Data Collection Exercise

Dental Reconciliation Exercise

Day 4 – Sunday 6th May 2018

Phase IV – Reconciliation of AM/PM Data

Phase V – Debriefing

Phase IV – Reconciliation

The Medico-Legal Report / Expert Witness


Phase IV – Reconciliation Exercise

Preparation of Reports for Board


Board Presentations


Phase V – Debriefing: Exercise

Course Evaluation

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