Living Forensics

1h 25m of CPD
Linda Starr
30 Aug 2017

This Course will provide an introduction to forensic health care to increase awareness of the need to develop skills and knowledge in this area in order to provide better outcomes for patient's medico-legal needs.


Use your understanding of the changing role of healthcare professionals in relation to forensics to enhance physical, psychosocial and legal care of patients


Identify signs and symptoms of violence, abuse and/or neglect in order to implement early interventions to reduce adverse outcomes for patients


Link best practice guidelines with management strategies in order to provide appropriate support and treatment for patients who may require forensic interventions


Use your understanding of forensic terminology and legal processes to improve collection of evidence while still respecting the patient's needs and meeting legal requirements


Linda Starr

Dr Linda Starr is a general and mental health qualified nurse, lawyer, and associate professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University. Her research interests have been in health law for health practitioners, criminal law, forensic health care, and elder abuse investigation and prosecution, which was the subject of her PhD. Linda is currently the chair of the state board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board, Australia, the director on the Board of Directors at the Aged Rights Advocacy Service, and is the founding president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association. She has an extensive speaking record, nationally and internationally, on issues in health law, forensic nursing, and elder abuse.


Avelina Go Chow04 Jul 2018
Good topic to learn

carin newman04 Jun 2018
Linda Starr is a wonderful educator and is extremely experienced in forensic nursing.

Sarah J Finlayson31 May 2018
Very interesting& helpful learning; filled a gap in my knowledge

Kristie-Lee Perrott31 May 2018

karen nolan30 May 2018
interesting material included in this video and new knowledge was gained

Olivia Collins 29 May 2018
This lecture gave me lots of new knowledge about forensic nursing which I plan to take with me to incorporate into the care I give.

Nicholas Stewart Cleave29 May 2018
Dr Starr is Excellent, very informative

Cara Garrett29 May 2018
Great overview of forensic healthcare.

Kerry Todero29 May 2018
Really interesting topic.

Jessica Arnold27 May 2018
A very educational topic

yan zhang26 May 2018
excellent presentation.

Georgia Jones25 May 2018
This VLA was very informative and helpful.

tracey lackmann24 May 2018
Unfortunately felt that the educator was reading off cards found it difficult to get more involved in the session.

Louise Morosi24 May 2018
An engaging and useful tool for all in health care.

Nicole Gregory24 May 2018
This presentation was really informative and succinct. Good for getting a basic handle on the principles of Forensics.

Naomi Johnston23 May 2018
This area is crucial to learn and act upon if a patient is in trouble.

Wendy Noye21 May 2018
Very interesting and informative

Anna Medley21 May 2018
Outstanding Lecture.

Carmel Green20 May 2018
I found this personally interesting as I like to get to the truth and root cause of the reasons for presentation of those I care for. It's reinforced the need to distinguish between my subjective interpretations and my objective documentation and transmission of presenting evidence.

Dorothy-anne burrows16 May 2018
VERY informative. Didn't like the background of the presentation.

Joanne Holloway16 May 2018
It was very interesting .

Janette Elliott14 May 2018
excellent well worth doing

Denise Whittaker07 May 2018

Susan Cynthia Barnes02 May 2018
Very informative

Gurnam Singh Saini02 May 2018

Lisa-Jane Robertson01 May 2018
This presenter was excellent, her content well researched and relevant to topic. Highly recommend this education to anyone working in an ED especially.

cathleen Farewell26 Apr 2018
this was very informative

Daryl Stuart26 Apr 2018
I found this presentation very interesting and engaging. I also found the video presentations very professional and well presented.

Robyn Forrester26 Apr 2018
Excellent information, succinctly and clearly presented.

Bimaldeep Sidhu24 Apr 2018
educator was very engaging.

julie whitebrook19 Apr 2018
The presentation was very easy to listen to and the contents essential for any health professional to know.

jennifer Brown15 Apr 2018
This learning activity, presented by Professor Linda Starr,was very informative and I recommend it to all other health professionals. Five stars. Thanks Ausmed!

Cristobal Ace Campillo08 Apr 2018
An interesting topic to learn; very well presented.

Brie Brown18 Mar 2018
Relevant to my work in corrections.

malissa Underwood16 Mar 2018
Thanks, informative

Annabel Holmes16 Mar 2018
A well structured video learning activity and fascinating to boot!

Jacqui Storey16 Mar 2018

Eva Bodnar27 Feb 2018
Is a very useful resource for any nurse, who is caring for vulnerable people

Kadell Fotinos13 Feb 2018
Very informative and interesting.

Paramaswari Perumal13 Feb 2018
First time I came across Forensic associated with nursing and the importance of it. Documentation is sooooh important.

Charysse Gosney11 Feb 2018
Thought provoking

Heather Pederson06 Feb 2018
I think this is a useful resource for any nurse who is caring for vulnerable people.

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • What is forensic health care?
  • How to recognise injury
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Documentation and evidence collection

Target audience

Healthcare professionals working in any clinical setting. Those working with victims of domestic violence, children, older adults, and victims of crime who enter the health care system through emergency departments, may find this Course particularly useful.


Provide healthcare professionals with an understanding of the basic principles in forensic healthcare regarding law, the needs of the justice system, and the signs of violence, abuse and neglect.
An understanding of the principles improves responses to patients by providing appropriate interventions and/or support and treatment, as well as working collaboratively with the forensic team.


Trauma as a result of violent behavior is a health problem across the globe. Emergency departments are increasingly providing care to growing numbers of patients who present as a result of violence. As a result, emergency healthcare professionals specifically, and health care workers generally, may find their role and responsibilities changing to involve the collection and recognition of forensic evidence. However, most health care personnel usually only have a secondary interest in forensic matters due to the primary focus being on the physical and emotional care of the patient. Additionally, there is little education relating to forensic markers of violence, for example, elder abuse, which, along with neglect, has been shown to significantly shorten older victims' lives. "Consistent evidence-based medical definitions are urgently needed to assist health care and social service professionals in detecting, treating, responding to, referring, and better understanding this grave and increasingly important public health problem." There is an increased recognition of holistic patient care, and hence the need for education of healthcare professionals to ensure that they are skilled in meeting the physical and psychosocial needs, as well as the civil and constitutional rights, of their patients. The principles of forensic health are driven by the justice system, and as such it is important for health professionals to have an understanding of the legal aspects of forensic health to complement their clinical knowledge and skills in assessment and care delivery for patients who have additional medico-legal needs through being a victim of crime.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.