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Provider Number PO342.

CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)138
First Published
Updated25 August 2019
Expires 25 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.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Linda Starr

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. See Educator Profile

Learner Reviews

138 Total Rating(s)
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Debbie North
13 Feb 2020

Well presented with good content

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Madelene Dryley-Collins
07 Feb 2020


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Wanda Brighenti
01 Feb 2020

I found the program to be stagnant and filled with legalese. Must be necessary but not what i am terribly interested in. Have learnt what my responsibilities are though and this was the object of the course.

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Charlene pringle
23 Jan 2020

Great short course on the basics of forensic nursing. I found it interesting and would love to learn more.

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Jacqueline Beer
19 Jan 2020

Great education on this complex and developing area of nursing.

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Justine collins
05 Dec 2019

Very interesting resource

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Joanne kelly
03 Dec 2019

Very interesting information

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Levena Leslie West
02 Dec 2019

Very interesting.

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Michelle Taylor Emms
21 Nov 2019

great learning module, some good new learning points about different types of forensic documentation

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Emma Riley
20 Nov 2019

Interesting topic. Seemed to take a long time to get through it.