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.