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Piecing Together the Puzzle This two-day course will introduce participants to forensic odontology’s scope and practice with particular emphasis on disaster victim identification. The utilisation of dental techniques for human identification is simple in concept but complex in process. The NSW Forensic Education Committee team will guide participants through the inter-related processes and procedures utilised in a disaster event. Presentations on the Asian Tsunami and other mass fatality incidents will be used to illustrate the process. A practical component with a mock disaster exercise is held in the main mortuary. Exercises in tooth identification, antemortem and post-mortem radiographic matching and age estimation from radiographic evidence are also components of the course. Participants will have a greater understanding of the value of their clinical records’ quality in the identification process. Become a forensic “sleeper”, a skill set that will fascinate you, but we hope you will never need. The NSW Government has invested $91.5 million to create a world-class Forensic Medicine & Coroners Court Complex. It is the largest facility of its kind in Australia and represents a significant leap forward for coronial investigations in NSW. The extensive high-tech facilities will enable more comprehensive coronial investigations of sudden and unexplained deaths, including complex cases and disasters involving mass casualties. The facility has been carefully designed to offer even greater respect and dignity for grieving families seeking answers. It also provides a more modern and spacious environment for our staff who carry out these vital services.

Learning outcomes

Topics include The history of forensic dentistry Identification methods Physical Anthropology Mass casualty incidents Mortuary procedures Medical Autopsy Dental radiology Forensic pathology Dental records and nomenclature Post-traumatic stress Age estimation Child abuse

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Speaker

Alain Middleton, Christopher Griffiths, Denise Donlon, Stephanie Baylis, Selina Leow, etc

The NSW Forensic Education Committee is comprised of the following presenters: Dr Stephane Baylis is a New Zealand forensic dentist and a researcher in age estimation. A/Professor Denise Donlon is a physical anthropologist at the University of Sydney and Curator of the Shellshear Museum. Dr Pamela Gower is a registered specialist forensic odontologist and is a long standing Visiting Dental Officer (Westmead Hospital) working in the NSW Dental Identification Unit. A/Professor (Affiliate) Chris Griffiths is a registered specialist forensic odontologist and is Joint Coordinator of the NSW Dental Identification Unit. He was a previous Assistant Surgeon General, Air Force. Dr Russell Lain is a registered specialist forensic odontologist and works as a Staff Specialist with Sydney Dental Hospital. Dr Selina Leow is a Visiting Dental Officer (Westmead Hospital) working in the NSW Dental Identification Unit. Dr Alain Middleton is a registered specialist forensic odontologist and joint co-ordinator of the course. Stephen Richards is a forensic social worker at Department of Forensic Medicine, Forensic and Analytical Science Service, Lidcombe. Dr Rebecca Irvine is a forensic pathologist working at Department of Forensic Medicine, Forensic and Analytical Science Service, Lidcombe.

Alain Middleton, Christopher Griffiths, Denise Donlon, Stephanie Baylis, Selina Leow, etc 

Forensic Odontology

Alain Middleton, Christopher Griffiths, Denise Donlon, Stephanie Baylis, Selina Leow, etc
Wednesday 19th Jun 2024 - Thursday 20th Jun 2024
8:30am - 5:00pm
Venue:
NSW Forensic Medicine and Coroners Court
1A Main Ave
Region: Lidcombe Nsw, Australia
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