CPD Hours: 24.0
ADA NSW Centre for Professional Developement in conjunction with the NSW Forensic Dental Unit, are pleased to present the annual Forensic Odontology and Forensic Anthropology course. This four-day course will introduce participants to the scope and practice of forensic odontology with particular emphasis on disaster victim identification.
Utilisation of dental techniques for human identification are simple in concept but complex in process. Participants will be guided through the inter-related processes and procedures utilised in a disaster event. Presentations on the Asian Tsunami and other mass fatality incidents are 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 postmortem radiographic matching and age estimation from radiographic evidence are also components of the course.
The anthropological component of the course is held at the Shellshear Museum at the University of Sydney which represents a unique reference collection. Here participants will work in groups to undertake a workshop on race, sex, age and stature estimation.
Participants will have a greater understanding of the value of the quality of their clinical records in the identification process. Become a forensic “sleeper”, a skill set that will fascinate you but we hope you will never need.
- The history of forensic dentistry
- Identification methods
- Mass casualty incidents
- Mortuary procedures
- Medical and Dental Autopsies
- Dental radiology
- Forensic pathology
- Dental records and nomenclature
- Giving evidence in court
- Post traumatic stress
- Race, age, sex and stature determination
- Age estimation
- Identification of bite marks and child abuse
- Computerised dental & bite mark identification
The NSW Forensic Education Committee is comprised of the following presenters:
Dr Denise Donlon is a Senior Lecturer at Sydney University, Curator of the Shellshear Museum, and a Wing Commander in the RAAF Specialist Reserve. Denise is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Science in the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
Associate Professor Alex Forrest is an Associate Professor at Griffith University and a Wing Commander in the RAAF Specialist Reserve. Alex is the Head of the Queensland Dental Identification Service.
Dr Pamela Gower is a registered specialist forensic odontologist with the Dental Board of Australia and works in private practice in Sydney. Pamela is a long standing Visiting Dental Officer (Westmead Hospital) working in the NSW Dental Identification Unit.
Professor (Affifliate) Chris Griffiths is Head of the NSW Dental Identification Unit. Chris was previously Assistant Surgeon General, Australian Defence Force and Director General of Health Reserves. Chris was the first Scientific Vice-Chairman of Interpol DVI Standing Committee.
Dr Russell Lain is a registered specialist forensic odontologist with the Dental Board of Australia and works as a Staff Specialist with Sydney Dental Hospital. Russell is Lieutenant Commander in the RAN Reserve.
Dr Alain Middleton is a registered specialist forensic odontologist with the Dental Board of Australia and works in private practice in Sydney. Alain is a Squadron Leader in the RAAF Specialist reserve and is the Scientific Vice-Chairman of Interpol DVI Standing Committee.
Associate Professor Bill O’Reilly is Chair of the Dental Council of New South Wales. He is dually qualified in dentistry and law. Bill has been President of ADA(NSW) and the Federal ADA.
Associate Professor Jane Taylor is an Associate Professor in Oral Health at the University of Newcastle. Jane is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (Forensic Odontology) in the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and is currently the Principal Examiner in Forensic Odontology .
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