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Judgement and decision making in Forensic Dental Identification: Accuracy, confidence and the application of the Interpol Dental Identification Scale.

We would like to invite you to participate in the Forensic Odontology research project identified above.  It is an online activity where you will access a secure web site to complete a series of exercises where you will need to use your dental and forensic experience and judgement to provide an opinion, using the Interpol Dental Identification Scale, about pairs of dental radiographs.  You will then be asked to rate how confident you are about your decisions. The activity also involves answering some general knowledge questions.  There are 2 phases to the whole activity, which will occur 3 months apart.

The activity should take approximately 90-120 minutes each time, and you can log off and return to continue as required. Continuing Professional Development certificates for 2 hours can be issued on completion of this first trial. (A total of 4 hrs CPD for 2 trials).

We will use the outcomes to refine the categorical scale currently used by forensic odontologists in dental identifications.  An Information Statement is attached to provide further details of the project.  Your responses will be anonymized as only group results will be documented and presented, not individual responses.

If you would like to participate, please access the website by following this link:Information statement and consent page Forensic Odontology survey information and consent[/button]  and complete the consent page to gain access to the research project.

This research is being conducted by Dr Sherlin Chiam as part of her PhD studies at the University of Newcastle under the supervision of Professor Jane Taylor and Dr Mark Page from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle and Dr Denice Higgins of the School of Dentistry at the University of Adelaide. The Human Research Ethics approval protocol number for this project is H-2018-0058.

If you have questions, concerns or would like further information on this research project please contact Dr Sherlin Chiam at SherLin.Chiam@uon.edu.au

Thank you for considering this invitation.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Jane Taylor  OAM                                               Dr Sherlin Chiam (Student researcher)