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FOR4005

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor David Wells

Synopsis

Paediatric forensic medicine encompasses the medico-legal issues arising from the provision of a medical service to children. The unit will largely focus on the medical assessment of cases of suspected child sexual abuse.

The aim of this unit is to develop student's skills in the evaluation and management of children and adolescents suspected of being sexually abused. Integral to both evaluation and management will be a knowledge of the relevant legislation, policing and protective agencies, injury patterns, specialised investigative techniques and treatment.

Objectives

On completion of this unit the student will be expected to:

  1. Display a detailed understanding of the roles of health practitioners in assessing cases of suspected child sexual abuse.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of sexual development and behaviour in children.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical and legal issues relevant to cases of suspected child sexual abuse.
  4. Describe normal genital anatomy and physiology, and be able to interpret pathological conditions.
  5. Apply medical and forensic principles to the evaluation of cases of suspected child sexual abuse.
  6. Display a broad comprehension of the consequences, treatment and prevention of child sexual abuse.
  7. Recognise the role of the other disciplines involved in investigations; protective workers, police, lawyers.
  8. Recognise the medical and legal implications of a sexually transmitted infection in a child.
  9. Display a detailed understanding of the roles of health practitioners in assessing cases of suspected child sexual abuse.
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of sexual development and behaviour in children.
  11. Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical and legal issues relevant to cases of suspected child sexual abuse.
  12. Describe normal genital anatomy and physiology, and be able to interpret pathological conditions.
  13. Apply medical and forensic principles to the evaluation of cases of suspected child sexual abuse.
  14. Display a broad comprehension of the consequences, treatment and prevention of child sexual abuse.
  15. Recognise the role of the other disciplines involved in investigations; protective workers, police, lawyers.
  16. Recognise the medical and legal implications of a sexually transmitted infection in a child.

Assessment

This student will be expected to have developed a broad knowledge of the principles of Paediatric Forensic Medicine and the skills required to analyse and interpret cases of suspected child sexual abuse.
The following assessment methods will be used:
+ Assignment. 1500 words in length - 30%
+ Case studies. 30%
+ Case book. 1000 words - 30%
+ Oral presentations. 10%

Contact hours

12 hours of study per week over the semester. This will include contact time (25 hours), private study (text and readings), assessment tasks (case studies, assignments), and involvement in case work.

Prerequisites

A registered medical practitioner who is involved in assessing (or may be required to assess) children/adolescents when child/adolescent sexual abuse is suspected.

Prohibitions

FOR2006

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

http://www.med.monash.edu.au/vifm/