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Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine is a statutory authority incorporated under the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Act 1985 (VIFM Act 1985). It operates under the auspices of the Department of Justice, reporting to Parliament through the Attorney-General. The Institute also operates as the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University.

Its statutory responsibilities are to provide; independent, expert and credible forensic medical and scientific services to the justice system, human tissues for transplantation, teaching in medicine and science and to undertake research related to these activities.



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