FOR5016 - Clinical forensic odontology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Forensic Medicine


Associate Professor 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 or phone 03 9684 4115.

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Online)


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. Evaluate facial trauma giving consideration to the bio-mechanics of the bones of the facial skeleton.
  2. Analyse and interpret soft tissue injury in relation to bite mark evidence, applying skills in the discrimination and comparison of such injuries;
  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 dento-legal reports, and discuss the ramifications involved in presentation of clinical forensic odontology evidence before the courts.


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

Workload requirements

It is expected that students will need to undertake approximately 12 hours of study per week over the semester. This will include contact time, private study, assessment tasks (case studies, assignments) and, where possible, involvement in casework. Students are required to attend all workshops offered at the Department of Forensic Medicine during the semester.

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory 2 day workshop.

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