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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.

    VFPMS 2022: The medical evaluation of suspected child abuse. An introductory on-line course for clinicians.

    3 Day Seminar: 24 - 26 August 2022  |  Cost: $660.00 (gst inclusive)

    VFPMS is hosting a day day on-line seminar on "the medical evaluation of suspected child abuse". The course is likely to be of particular interest to paediatricians and trainees in paediatric medicine in addition to other health professionals who work with children.

    The course aims to increase knowledge and understanding about child abuse and neglect including

    • Paediatricians' and other professionals' roles in protecting children
    • Legal obligations regarding reporting to authorities and providing medical opinion evidence
    • Forensic medical evaluation of common childhood injuries - bruises and other skin injuries, burns and scalds, fractures, internal injuries including suspected head injury.
    • Child sexual abuse and evaluation of children's sexualised behaviour
    • Strategies for assessment of child neglect and emotional maltreatment
    • Neurodevelopmental and health consequences of child maltreatment

    Presentations on a broad range of topics will be delivered by experts in their fields with ample opportunities for audience participation and contributions via chat and small break-out groups.  Pre-course reading material, a post-course assessment and post course references will also be provided.

    For more information regarding the 3 days topics and discussions, please view the full programme outline.

    Registrations is via the RCH learning website, scroll down to select the VFPMS 2022: the medical evaluation of suspected child abuse, click button to enter the course and register.

    Contact Josette Vadala for general/registration enquiries on 9345 9075 or email 

    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

    Training guide for VFPMS advanced trainees