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.

    Family violence seminar 2016

    On behalf of the many RCH professionals involved in working with vulnerable children and their families, the VFPMS are coordinating a full-day seminar on A child's eye view of family violence on Friday 21st October, 2016 at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. Speakers will examine the issue of family violence through a child-focused lens. This multidisciplinary seminar will appeal to a broad range of professionals, with speakers including:

    • Dr Angela Williams - Senior Forensic Physician, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
    • Dean McWhirter - Assistant Commissioner, Family Violence Command, Victoria Police
    • Dr Jan Coles - Associate Professor, Research and Research Studies Coordinator School of Primary Health Care and Research coordinator Department of General Practice, Monash University
    • Dr Wendy Bunston - Associate Teacher at LaTrobe University, Senior Clinical Social Worker, Family Therapist and Infant Mental Health Clinician
    • Emma Toone - Program Manager, Infant & Child Therapeutic Responses, Northern Family & Domestic Violence Service, Berry Street
    • Tim O'Leary, Melbourne-based author, therapist and educator
    • Professionals from the The Royal Children's Hospital departments of Integrated Mental Health, Social Work, Gatehouse and VFPMS

    A full program can be found here, and a registration and payment form can be found here. The cost of the seminar is $165 per person, with a discounted rate of $110 per person available for group bookings of five or more. 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