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Clinical forensic medicine

The Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit provides medicolegal services for the State of Queensland.

Our service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our medical staff are utilised by the Queensland Police Service, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Coroners Court of Queensland.

Our scope includes:

  • examining victims and alleged perpetrators in criminal investigations at the request of the Queensland Police Service
  • providing state-wide education and 24/7 support to clinicians performing adult sexual assault forensic examinations
  • overseeing the tertiary qualification process of sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) state-wide
  • providing advice to the Queensland Police Service and the Queensland Ambulance Service around Natural Causes Deaths
  • medicolegal reporting and statement writing for criminal matters including:
    • documenting and interpreting injuries of victims of crime and alleged offenders
    • interpreting toxicology reports
    • assessing clinical effects and toxicology of alcohol and drugs
    • performing traffic medicine assessments (fitness to drive, drugs and driving, medical conditions and driving)
    • assessing medical fitness to appear in court or at an interview
  • medicolegal reporting and statement writing for the Coroners Court of Queensland including:
    • reviewing healthcare-related deaths
    • preparing reports for complex death investigations
    • interpreting post-mortem toxicology results
  • providing expert evidence to the courts
  • providing healthcare advice to Queensland Police Service watch houses.

Clinical Forensic Medical Unit

+61 7 3722 1300
61 7 3722 1320

Postal address and location
51 Herschel St
Brisbane Qld 4000

Last updated: 9 October 2018