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CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)116
First Published
Updated25 August 2019
Expires25 August 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course will provide healthcare professionals with 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.

  • What is forensic healthcare?;
  • How to recognise an injury;
  • Vulnerable population;
  • Documentation;
  • Evidence collection and processes.

Trauma as a result of violent behaviour 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 and non-accidental injuries.


Provide healthcare professionals with an understanding of the basic principles in forensic healthcare regarding the law, the needs of the justice system, and the signs of violence, abuse and neglect.

Learning Outcomes
  • 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 the collection of evidence while still respecting the patient's needs and meeting legal requirements.
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.


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Dr Linda Starr has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in general, mental health nursing, law, education and a PhD in legal issues in elder abuse. Linda has extensive experience as an RN in metropolitan and rural locations, in general nursing, mental health, forensic health, aged care, and management. She has held senior positions in academia including the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Linda has publications in health law and forensic health issues. Linda is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University and a consultant educator in health law and ethics for nurses, midwives and carers. She is Chair of the SA Board of Nursing and Midwifery, Fellow of the College of Nursing Australia, Foundation President of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association, Member on the School of Health Academic Advisory Board for Open Colleges and the International member on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Nursing.

Learner Reviews

116 Total Rating(s)
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21 Sep 2019


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Carla Wilson
21 Sep 2019

Was well presented and lots of resources to read

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Tanya Smith
16 Sep 2019

This was a very informative course and will hold me in ggod stead if I am sucessful in my new grad position with Justice Health.

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Sonia Huggins
13 Sep 2019

Informative session

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Marissa Protheroe
10 Sep 2019

This course was very informative

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Rachelle Brown
08 Sep 2019

Great video very informative and the presenter was awesome

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Trevor Mason
08 Sep 2019

I enjoy Linda Starr’s presentations. She is obviously well versed in her topics and she presents them well.

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Rebecca Littlewood
08 Sep 2019

This presentation is clear and concise providing relevant information regarding recognition, assessment and documentation surrounding forensic patients, including preservation of evidence.

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Gina Sartor
07 Sep 2019

good resource

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Lynley Macleod
07 Sep 2019

very good