FPA5005 - Medical testimony
6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Leader(s): A/Prof David Ranson
Training in the effective delivery of medical testimony will cover:
- The rules of evidence as they apply in civil, criminal and coronial jurisdictions.
- Design, structure and contents of the autopsy report, which is of critical importance in the work of the forensic pathologist.
- Specialized communication skills for delivering oral evidence before a judge and jury, magistrate or tribunal chairman.
- Techniques of advocacy, important for the potential medical witness.
On completion of this unit the student is expected to:
- Display an understanding of decision making processes in legal practice.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the general principles of the laws of evidence;
- Comprehend the special rules regarding opinion evidence.
- Understand the role of the expert witness.
- Be conversant with the rules governing the reception of evidence to the courts.
- Demonstrate competency in preparing medico-legal reports.
- Have developed the required skills for presenting evidence in court.
- Have acquired the necessary techniques for managing examination-in-chief, cross examination and re-examination.
Oral presentations 40%, Case book 30% and assignment 30%.
50 hours tutorials, 40 hours case and practical work and approximately 66 hours for individual study, assignments and case book preparation.