FOR5017 - Disaster victim identification (DVI): Principles and methods - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Forensic Medicine


Dr Jeremy Graham

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



  • Second semester 2017 (Online)


Forensic Odontology encompasses the intersection between dentistry and the law.

Practitioners in this field require a solid understanding of all aspects of dental practice as it relates to medico-legal investigation.

The aim of this unit is to provide students with a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of all Phases of the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) process and the role the forensic odontologist plays in each Phase.

It will provide the student with the capability of operating in both national and international response teams.


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

  1. Evaluate the core elements of Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) principles and methods in odontology investigations following natural and man-made mass fatality incidents;
  2. Analyse the role the forensic odontologist plays in each of the 5 phases of a DVI operation;
  3. Outline procedures and apply skills in the operation of the common computer based systems used during a DVI operation;
  4. Competently apply international protocols, standards, charting methods and the Interpol forms that are used during a DVI incident;
  5. Work within the various cultural, religious and legal frameworks in which international DVI incidents may occur;
  6. Employ advanced imaging modalities, such as CT technology to DVI scenarios;


  • Case study (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Oral presentation (25%)
  • Short answer assignments (35%)

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.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Students must be registered dental practitioners


FOR4001, FOR4002, FOR4003, FOR4007

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