Training and education

  • Education and training is a priority service area for the Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service. The multidisciplinary team of the VFPMS provides a range of teaching and training materials and experiences to increase students' knowledge, skills, experience and confidence. Teaching is provided to professionals including medical students and doctors, nurses and other health professionals, child protection workers and police.

    Education will also be provided by VFPMS in conjunction with education and training related to the Vulnerable Children Framework, an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.

    The VFPMS uses a variety of teaching strategies based on students' learning needs and requirements for access. We construct our training programs with an awareness of adult learning theory. Consumer feedback is used to modify teaching material and style of presentation.

    Who do we provide training for?

    Training is provided by the VFPMS for:

    • Doctors working for VFPMS
    • Rural doctors providing medical services for VFPMS
    • Fellow in Child Abuse and Paediatric Forensic Medicine, Fellow in Community Child Health and other trainees
    • Medical students
    • Protective workers
    • Police
    • Health professionals
    • Other professionals

    What kind of training do we provide?

    Education and training is provided as:

    • Workshops and seminars
    • Lectures (including PBL format)
    • Web-based learning
    • Skills development / skills training
    • Small group tutorials
    • Student electives
    • Materials for self directed learning (including reference lists)
    • Supervision
    • Peer review

    Current education and training opportunities

    Information on previous years' education and training can be found here.

    Child neglect seminar 2016

    VFPMS are holding a full-day seminar on Child neglect: Why action is always better than apathy on 1st August, 2016 at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.

    This seminar may appeal to professionals working with neglected children. Sessions will include lecture-style presentations, case-based discussions and provide practical tools and guidance for the assessment of child neglect. Throughout the day the content will explore the issues and possible outcomes that can occur when there is a mismatch between the care needs of children and parental capacity to meet these needs, especially in children who may have chronic illnesses and/or high medical, developmental and behavioural needs.

    A full program can be found here, and a registration and payment form can be found here. Please return all registrations to Debbie Fry.

    Medical evaluation of child abuse seminar 2016

    Please note that this seminar is now sold out for 2016. If you would like to be alerted when dates for the 2017 Medical evaluation of child abuse seminar have been set, please email  Debbie Fry, VFPMS Administrative Officer. Please note that confirmation of the 2017 seminar dates will likely occur in December 2016 or January 2017.

    Medical student mini-elective in child abuse

    Information on the 2016 VFPMS mini-elective in child abuse can be found here.

    Further information on the elective process and how to apply can be found on the University of Melbourne website, here.

    A list of required documentation for the application process can be found here.

    Training guide for VFPMS advanced trainees