Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitVictorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
OfferedSouthbank Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Vanita Parekh


Sexual assault is addressed in this unit as it pertains to a doctor working in a therapeutic and forensic role with victims. Theoretical and historical perspectives are considered in order to provide a thorough grounding for practical discussions on current legislation and police investigation. The medical role will be examined in detail. Forensic responsibilities are dealt with including specimen collection, laboratory liaison and injury interpretation. The unit will address the medico-legal report and the role of the expert witness in court appearances.


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

  1. Provide a comprehensive medical service for a victim of sexual assault.
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the forensic responsibilities in sexual assault cases.
  3. Display ability to collect forensic evidence based on theory.
  4. Understand an overview of the laboratory treatment of forensic evidence.
  5. Write a medico-legal report and appear in court under subpoena to assist the court.
  6. Comprehend historical, theorectical and cultural aspects of sexual assault.
  7. Discuss epidemiology and the broad range of circumstances in which sexual assault occurs.


Assignments / Essays (35%)
Case Studies (25%)
Casebook Workbook (35%)
Skills Evaluation (5%)

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Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory 2 day workshop