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Credentialling by VFPMS is not yet operational in Victoria.
Acute Health services credential medical staff according to standards determined by the Department of Human Services.
VFPMS awards a Certificate of Competency to trainees who have demonstrated proficiency in evaluation of suspected child abuse.
The following information is for discussion only.
Credentials are for the purpose of identifying doctors who have demonstrated competencies in the evaluation of suspected child abuse and in the provision of high quality expert opinion evidence (as distinct from direct evidence – ie evidence about what they saw, heard etc) in relation to child abuse.
Credentials are based on three criteria:
Qualifications in either paediatric medicine or forensic medicine with additional training in the other specialty.
FRACP + additional training in forensic medicine
Or FRACGP + For Med + paediatric medicine training
Or MMBS + MForMed + other training in paediatrics
Doctors must be actively involved in clinical practice.
Minimum of 5 cases for evaluation of suspected child abuse per year – medical reports must be provided as proof of continued proficiency. Annual appraisal
(What is NOT suggested is a minimum number
of years of clinical work post graduation)