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The Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service (VFPMS) is a statewide coordinated medical service providing assessment and care for abused, assaulted and neglected children and young people.
Our services are provided using the most efficient and effective aspects of the Health system. We work collaboratively with Victoria Police and Child Protection to ensure service integration.
VFPMS offers 24 hour access to expert medical opinion regarding possible child abuse and neglect. We encourage early consultation as this may minimise complications and reduce any angst experienced by children and young people.
Our services are provided at The Royal Children's Hospital and Monash Medical Centre. Appointments can be arranged by calling 1300 66 11 42.
We strive to provide a comprehensive and effective service at all times and warmly encourage your
feedback on our service.
The VFPMS provides paediatric medical care for children and young people when child abuse, assault and neglect is suspected. The children's safety, health and wellbeing are paramount. The service functions to assist the children, their families, Child Protection, Victoria Police and the Courts.
Victoria has been in a unique position during the last 40 years, benefiting from the shared expertise of paediatricians and forensic physicians to evaluate abused, injured and neglected children.
In 2002 doctors who for ten years had been meeting regularly for peer review formalized their association with a Memorandum of Understanding and formed the Melbourne Paediatric Forensic Medical Group (MFPMG). This MOU created a unifying agreement between the three service providers in Melbourne:
Monash Medical Centre,
Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and The
Royal Children's Hospital.
A working party was formed in 2004 to look at funding and service options. In November 2005 the Premier announced funding of $6.4 million over four years to redevelop the forensic paediatric medical services. A steering group with representation from the Department of Human Services, Victoria Police, The Royal Children's Hospital, Monash Medical Centre and Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine was formed to develop and implement the service model.
The new service commenced in July 2006 with three service providers working together to coordinate forensic paediatric medical services statewide. The service is governed by a coordinating group with representation from the Department of Human Services, Victoria Police, Monash Medical Centre, the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and The Royal Children's Hospital.
In 2010 The Royal Children's Hospital became responsible for the governance of the Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service, which has state-wide responsibilities with services delivered in Melbourne at The Royal Children's Hospital and Monash Children's at Monash Medical Centre.
VFPMS team members must adhere to workplace policies and procedures at all times
All data collection and data entry must be completed promptly and accurately.
All requests for leave should be made with adequate notice must be approved prior to taking leave. (Otherwise absence is considered abandonment of one’s job – this could have very significant consequences on one’s employment!)