1h 25m
Linda Starr
30 Aug 2017

Living Forensics

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



04 Jul 2018
Good topic to learn
04 Jun 2018
Linda Starr is a wonderful educator and is extremely experienced in forensic nursing.
31 May 2018
Very interesting& helpful learning; filled a gap in my knowledge
31 May 2018
30 May 2018
interesting material included in this video and new knowledge was gained
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.
29 May 2018
Dr Starr is Excellent, very informative
29 May 2018
Great overview of forensic healthcare.
29 May 2018
Really interesting topic.
27 May 2018
A very educational topic
26 May 2018
excellent presentation.
25 May 2018
This VLA was very informative and helpful.
24 May 2018
Unfortunately felt that the educator was reading off cards found it difficult to get more involved in the session.
24 May 2018
An engaging and useful tool for all in health care.
24 May 2018
This presentation was really informative and succinct. Good for getting a basic handle on the principles of Forensics.
23 May 2018
This area is crucial to learn and act upon if a patient is in trouble.
21 May 2018
Very interesting and informative
21 May 2018
Outstanding Lecture.
20 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.
16 May 2018
VERY informative. Didn't like the background of the presentation.
16 May 2018
It was very interesting .
14 May 2018
excellent well worth doing
07 May 2018
02 May 2018
Very informative
02 May 2018
01 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.
26 Apr 2018
this was very informative
26 Apr 2018
I found this presentation very interesting and engaging. I also found the video presentations very professional and well presented.
26 Apr 2018
Excellent information, succinctly and clearly presented.
24 Apr 2018
educator was very engaging.
19 Apr 2018
The presentation was very easy to listen to and the contents essential for any health professional to know.
15 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!
08 Apr 2018
An interesting topic to learn; very well presented.
18 Mar 2018
Relevant to my work in corrections.
16 Mar 2018
Thanks, informative
16 Mar 2018
A well structured video learning activity and fascinating to boot!
16 Mar 2018
27 Feb 2018
Is a very useful resource for any nurse, who is caring for vulnerable people
13 Feb 2018
Very informative and interesting.
13 Feb 2018
First time I came across Forensic associated with nursing and the importance of it. Documentation is sooooh important.
11 Feb 2018
Thought provoking
06 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.