In this section
The Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical
Service (VFPMS) operates as a Centre of Excellence for Child Abuse and
Forensic Paediatric Medicine. This means
that the service
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structure is a ‘hub and spoke’ model, with a Melbourne-based ‘hub’ at two sites
– the Royal Children’s and Monash Children’s Hospitals – and ‘spokes’ in
regional Victoria at the major hospitals and health services. The Royal
Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, governs the VFPMS and provides administrative
The VFPMS has
state-wide responsibilities in relation to forensic medical assessments and
care for abused, assaulted and neglected children (i.e. individuals aged less
than 18 years).
We aim to be
efficient and effective while avoiding duplication in the delivery of Health
services. We provide safe, high quality medical care as close as possible to
the child’s residence, mindful of the need for forensic expertise in evaluating
complex situations and multiple injuries.
collaboratively with Victoria Police and Child Protection.
medico-legal reports and testify in court in relation to matters involving the
Child Protection system and the Criminal Justice system.
early consultation with the VFPMS when concerns arise regarding child
maltreatment. Early conversations regarding concerns about child maltreatment may
minimise later complications and reduce angst experienced by abused or
neglected children, their family members and the professionals who care for
Services provided at
The Royal Children's Hospital and Monash Children's Hospital can be arranged by
calling 1300 66 11 42.
Health and other professionals seeking guidance regarding the forensic investigation process are encouraged to consult the VFPMS guidelines.
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.