FPA5003 - Foundations of clinical forensic medicine
6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Leader(s): A/Prof David Wells
Clinical forensic medicine encompasses a variety of skills/activities at the interface of medical practice and law, specialising in issues inherent in traffic medicine and custodial medicine. Inter-personal communication and sensitivity to personal, cultural and/or religious issues are also essential to providing quality service. The range of medico-legal services overlap other medical specialty areas; paediatrics, gynaecology, clinical toxicology, emergency medicine, psychiatry, dentistry and pathology.
This unit aims to provide a practitioner with the essential elements of practice in four core areas - adult sexual assault, paediatric forensic medicine, traffic and custodial medicine.
On completion of this unit the student is expected to be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the forensic responsibilities in cases of sexual assault, paediatric forensic medicine, custodial and traffic medicine.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the broad range of circumstances where sexual assault and child abuse occur.
- Be able to accurately interpret injuries resulting from sexual assault.
- Apply general medical and forensic principles in the evaluation of accidental and non accidental trauma in children.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of a range of medical conditions on driving skills.
- Evaluate the effects of alcohol and other drugs upon driving skills and display an understanding of drug toxicology.
- Comprehend the ethical issues of the doctor/patient relationship in a custodial setting.
- Recognise and manage a range of medical problems presenting in the custodial setting.
- Conduct an assessment of an individual's fitness to be interviewed or detained in custody.
Assignments (1000 words x 2) 30%, Case studies 20%, Case book (1500 words x 2) 30% and Oral presentations 20%
40 contact hours (tutorials), 50 hours case and practical work and approx 66 hours for individual study, assignments and case book preparation.