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

    In 2020, the VFPMS Medical evaluation of child abuse seminar will be held across three days on Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th June, at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.

    The seminar might appeal to paediatric trainees who wish to complete a basic medical child protection program to satisfy RACP advanced training requirements or other paediatric medical staff who wish to increase or update their child protection training. The seminar will cover topics related to the evaluation of injury, sexual abuse in children and adolescents, and neglect and emotional maltreatment. Most of the seminar will be presented as lectures, however there will be some small group case-based discussions and presentations, and one sessions will allow attendees to practice presenting testimony in court.

    The cost is $935 for the three-day seminar, and unfortunately partial registrations are not available. A registration and payment form will be made available when registrations are opened in February 2020. If you would like to reserve a place at the seminar, please email Debbie Fry, VFPMS Administration Officer.

    The 2019 program is available here. Please note that this should only be used as a general guide to the types of topics likely to be covered, and is subject to change. 

    Medical student mini-elective in child abuse

    Information on the 2020 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