Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine


Associate Professor David Wells

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.



  • Second semester 2016 (Online)


The unit focuses on the issues surrounding the interpretation of injuries. Areas include the pathophysiology of injuries with particular reference to the anatomical, physiological and pathological principles; injury classification; documentation including forensic photography; injury patterns and circumstances of causation. Students will be expected to participate with clinical and post mortem cases.


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

  1. Display an understanding of the pathophysiology of injuries.
  2. Show familiarity with the factors limiting accurate injury interpretation.
  3. Interpret the forces producing injuries.
  4. Apply the principles of forensic photography.
  5. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the classification of injuries.
  6. Be able to accurately document injuries.
  7. Analyse and interpret mechanisms and circumstances by which the injuries were sustained.


Case studies (45%)
Case report (20%)
Institute program (20%)
Online case discussions (15%)

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor David Wells, Dr Richard Bassed

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory 2 day workshop.

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