Analysis and Interpretation of Skeletal Trauma
Course will only run if COVID-19 Pandemic situation permits.
In the event of a cancellation full refunds will be issued.
In conjunction with the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, this intensive short course is delivered by The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM), Australia’s largest multi-disciplinary centre for forensic medical and scientific services. The primary focus of this course is the principles and practice of the analysis and interpretation of skeletal trauma from the perspective of the Forensic Anthropologist.
Course content includes detailed lectures and interactive sessions on trauma biomechanics, blunt force trauma, low and high velocity projectile trauma, sharp force trauma and taphonomic processes. This unique course is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and will enable participants to apply principles and learnings to real case scenarios. It is relevant to professionals and students involved in the analysis of human skeletal remains including forensic anthropologists, forensic pathologists (and registrars), biological archaeologists and heritage officers. A basic knowledge of human osteology is required to participate. Lectures will be delivered by medico-legal and forensic science experts from the VIFM and external
At the end of the course participants will have:
an understanding of the role of different experts in the analysis and interpretation of skeletal
a basic understanding of the biomechanics of skeletal trauma;
knowledge of different types of trauma including blunt force, sharp force and high and low
velocity projectile trauma;
an understanding of the complexity of interpreting the timing of skeletal trauma;
knowledge about the importance of taphonomy in the context of interpreting skeletal defects;
an understanding of the role of post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) in the context of
analysing and interpreting skeletal trauma, and
awareness of the limitations when giving evidence in court related to skeletal trauma.
This course is eligible for 28 Scientific hours / Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.
Monday 30th August - Thursday 2nd September 2021.
$2,400 Full / $1,900 Student (includes GST).
a course manual
a site visit to the Victorian Police Forensic
morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch
a certificate of completion
Registration on this short courses requires full fee payment, this course is not eligible for fee HELP or CSP.
The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
65 Kavanagh Street
Professor Soren Blau
Senior Forensic Anthropologist, VIFM
Manager, Identification Services, VIFM
Dr Samantha Rowbotham
Forensic Anthropologist, VIFM
Registrations will be limited to 25 and will close as soon as we have 25 registrations
There is no on-site parking available.