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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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The physiological stress of the heat accumulates and takes its toll after two or three days. AAP Image/Joe Castro

Death in a hot climate: southern heatwave to take its toll

Hopefully the southern Australian heatwave is coming to an end – for now. But for health-care providers and death investigators, such as me, the fallout will continue for some time to come. It’s unclear…
The skeleton of Richard III was discovered beneath a car park in Leicester, and identified using the DNA of his descendants. EPA/HO

More than a hunch: identifying Richard III with DNA

In the past few days news has come to light of the confirmation that skeletal remains discovered in an excavated site of a Leicester car park are indeed that of the famous English king Richard III. But…
Palestinian government officials at a wreath-laying ceremony at Yasser Arafat mausoleum’s after his body was exhumed for forensic samples and reburied. EPA/Thaer Ghanaim/Handout

What we could learn from Yasser Arafat’s exhumation

The remains of Yasser Arafat have been exhumed for “special testing” to determine whether he died from poisoning by a radioactive element or natural causes. Will the process be akin to what we see on television…
The man behind the mask. Ned Kelly’s skeleton can finally be laid to rest. the euskadi 11

Ned Kelly remains are positively identified … but how was it done?

The remains of iconic bushranger Ned Kelly have been positively identified by forensic scientists more than a century after his hanging in 1880. The identification was made after an exhaustive forensic…


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