Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitVictorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
OfferedSouthbank First semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Richard Bassed

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For further information please contact the Postgraduate Course Administrator via email postgrad.courses@vifm.org or phone 03 9684 4115.


The aim of this unit is to provide students with a thorough understanding of all aspects of forensic odontology relating to the treatment of living people in a legal setting. The unit is designed for practicing dentists and medical practitioners who wish to gain a greater understanding of how to deal with the examination and reporting of injuries caused by the teeth, and injuries inflicted to the oro-facial complex. The unit will also cover dental age estimation techniques, identification of unknown living individuals and issues surrounding dental malpractice and fraud investigations.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the anatomy of the facial skeleton, the bio-mechanics of bone and of facial trauma.
  2. Practice bite mark interpretation and analysis.
  3. Evaluate dental age estimation methods as applied to living individuals.
  4. Recognise and evaluate the dental manifestations of child abuse.
  5. Illustrate the limitations inherent in identification of individuals from CCTV images.
  6. Discuss the regulations of the Australian Dental Board as they relate to malpractice and fraud investigation.
  7. Construct a dento-legal report and demonstrate knowledge of the ramifications involved in presentation of clinical forensic odontology evidence before the courts.


Assignment (20%)
Case studies (30%)
Oral presentation (20%)
Case book (30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory 2 day workshop.

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