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.

    Medical evaluation of child abuse seminar 2017

    This seminar may appeal to paediatric trainees who wish to complete a basic child protection (medical) program in order to satisfy RACP advanced training requirements, or to any medical professionals seeking to improve their recognition of, and response to, child abuse. The seminar will cover topics related to the evaluation of injury, sexual abuse in children and adolescents as well as neglect.

    Responding to feedback received in previous years, in 2017 the seminar will be run over three days rather than two. This is to ensure that content is covered to an appropriate depth, that presentations are not rushed and that there is plenty of time for questions and discussion of the material.

    Most of the three-day seminar will be presented as lectures; in addition, one session will allow attendees to practice presenting testimony in court. Audience participation is expected!

    The seminar will run on Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th April, 2017, and will be held at The Royal Children's Hospital. A draft program is available here - please note that this may be subject to change. 

    The cost of the three days will be $880. Partial registrations are not available. To secure your place at the seminar, please complete the registration form available here, and return to Debbie Fry, VFPMS Administrative Officer

    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