Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service

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

    2019 seminar presentations

    Day 1:

    • The medical evaluation of suspected child abuse. Principles, pearls and pitfalls.
    • Skin injuries: Mechanisms, timings and mimickers
    • Self-inflicted injury
    • Internal injuries
    • Thermal injuries

    Day 2:

    • Fractures: Mechanism, age and investigation
    • OI, rickets, Ehlers Danlos and other worries
    • Abusive head trauma: Mechanisms, myths and mysteries
    • How to talk with children about sex
    • How to evaluate sexualised behaviour in children
    • STI in children
    • Genital examination session

    Day 3:

    • The neurobiology of child maltreatment
    • The forensic investigation of child neglect
    • The forensic investigation and sequelae of emotional abuse
    • Factitious and induced illness/medical child abuse
    • Poisoning and ingestions/toxicology
    • How to write medicolegal reports for child subjects
    • Tips for testifying

    2020 Medical evaluation of child abuse seminar

    If you are interested in being alerted when dates are confirmed for the 2020 Medical evaluation of child abuse seminar, please email Debbie Fry.

    Medical student mini-elective in child abuse

    Information on the 2019 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