Read Dr Alain Middleton’s article in the NSW dentist Feb 2016

“Forensic odontology: Evolution and changed expectations”

Click here to read article


Congratulations to Dr Alain Middleton who was awarded Officer ( AO) General Division of the Order of Australia.

Dr Alain Middleton is currently the  Treasurer and immediate past President of AUSFO. Congratulations Alain!

Report from the Odontology chair of the SAG-medical science 2016

Please click on the link to read the full report  SAG report 2016 

AGM 2016

Please be advised that the AuSFO AGM was held on Saturday 3rd December commencing at 2pm.

Sydney   ADA NSW facilities 71 -73 Lithgow Street, St Leonards.

Congratulations to our members Dr John Berketa and Dr Helen James

Congratulations to Dr John Berketa and Dr Helen James on their award by NIFS 2016  for “Best Case Report ”  for their article:”Locard’s principle of exchange: dental examination and fragments of skin.”  published in Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2016; 61(2):545-547.

Well done!

24 October 2016

Media Release from ANZPAA:  ANZPAA NIFS announces recipient of prestigious forensics award

Mr Alastair Ross AM (retired Director, ANZPAA NIFS) was announced today as the recipient of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency National Institute of Forensic Science (ANZPAA NIFS) John Harber Phillips Award. The Award recognises excellence in forensic sciences in Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde, Director of ANZPAA NIFS congratulated Mr Ross on the Award and said: “The Award recognises Mr Ross’ long service to the profession, in particular, his role at NIFS. NIFS was a vehicle to galvanise the New Zealand and Australian forensic science community, particularly at the practitioner level. This had an impact on the establishment of national training programs and a common approach to practices, such as testing methods used in forensic science laboratories.”

While at NIFS, Mr Ross worked alongside the Senior Managers of Australian and New Zealand Forensic Laboratories (SMANZFL) and the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) to introduce a national laboratory accreditation program in 1994. It was the first program in the world to include crime scene examination, fundamental to forensic science.

“We established programs in NIFS to fund Specialist Advisory Groups (SAGs) and an annual program of subject specific workshops which were effectively knowledge and technology transfer forums. This enabled the learning and the change to be passed on to practitioners on an Australia New Zealand-wide basis,” said Mr Ross.

As the inaugural Director of NIFS, Mr Ross established the Institute as an organisation respected by the forensic science, law and law enforcement communities both nationally and internationally.

“It was important for NIFS to be able to ‘make a difference’ in Australia and New Zealand and the tremendous support from those communities enabled that to happen. Australia and New Zealand has been able to play and become a leader in the international forensic science community,” said Mr Ross.

Mr Ross commitment to the forensic sciences has continued long after his retirement and he has since worked on a number of special projects in Australia and New Zealand.

“It is a huge honour to win the Award. John Harber Phillips was the Chairman of the NIFS Board. He was an instigator in the establishment of NIFS and a tireless supporter of it and forensic science. John Harber Phillips was also the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria but always found time for NIFS and for me as the Director. He had a great impact on the Institute and on me, personally,” said Mr Ross.

The Award and Medal was formally presented to Mr Ross at The Australia New Zealand Police Commissioners Forum in Melbourne on 20 October 2016.


For an interview with Mr Ross, Dr Wilson-Wilde or more information or photographs please contact:

NIFS secretariat

03 9628 7211


A message from the president of ANZFSS,

Dear all,

It is with a sad heart that I need to pass on the news of the tragic loss of Bryan Found. We only learned today that Bryan passed away on Sunday. Bryan was known to so many of us as a friend, mentor, and inspirational leader.  I had the honour of presenting Bryan with Life Membership of the Society as a true mark of his role in the forensic sciences and in particular in the area of Questioned Documents.

Bryan had so much still to give to the forensic arena and his passing will be greatly missed. The forensic community is a very much poorer place without him.

We send our sincere condolences to his family and close friends at this very sad time and I am sure we will all take a few minutes reflection to honour the life of Bryan Found.


Adrian Linacre

President Australian New Zealand Forensic Society   ANZFSS


IOFOS newsletter 2016

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National Commission on Forensic Science-public review of policies and positions.

Message from the AAFS Past President to AUSFO President.

” Dear Dr Middleton

The National Commission on Forensic Science has released six documents for public review and comment. These proposed policies and positions impact primarily federal forensic science agencies at present, but over time many are likely to become recognized best practices within forensic science, so it is critical that members of our organization and profession engage and participate in the public review process and provide feedback to the Commission to aid with its deliberations.

Please pay particular attention to the Draft Policies on Discovery and Expert Testimony as they have the most wide ranging consequences for most forensic science disciplines.

You can provide input and feedback directly to the Commission through the links on its website. The documents are also being reviewed by the members of the Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) at NIST. If there is input you would wish me to share with that group, please copy me on your comments.

Barry K Logan PhD, F-ABFT


The documents are currently posted at and include:

·Draft Policy Recommendation on Discovery     Article

·Draft Policy Recommendation on Universal Accreditation      article

·Draft Policy Recommendation on Expert Testimony    article

·Draft Views Document on Defining Forensic Science and Forensic Science Service Provider    article

Draft Views Document on Scientific Literature in Support of Forensic Science and Practice   article  

·Draft Policy Recommendation on Accreditation and Certification of Medicolegal Death Investigation Personnel    article



click here to link to report by Dr Russell Lain : aafs_2014 _report



AuSFO Funding Grants

For more information and to down load a copy of the form :AuSFO_Grant_Application_Form-3


Final report from Australian Human Rights Commission –

No dental radiographs to be used for age assessment!

Link to report