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ADA NSW Centre for Professional Developement in conjunction with the NSW Forensic Dental Unit, are pleased to present the annual Forensic Odontology and Forensic Anthropology course. This four-day course will introduce participants to the scope and practice of forensic odontology with particular emphasis on disaster victim identification. 

Utilisation of dental techniques for human identification are simple in concept but complex in process. Participants will be guided through the inter-related processes and procedures utilised in a disaster event.   Presentations on the Asian Tsunami and other mass fatality incidents are used to illustrate the process. 

A practical component with a mock disaster exercise is held in the main mortuary. Exercises in tooth identification, antemortem and postmortem radiographic matching and age estimation from radiographic evidence are also components of the course.  

The anthropological component of the course is held at the Shellshear Museum at the University of Sydney which represents a unique reference collection.  Here participants will work in groups to undertake a workshop on race, sex, age and stature estimation.

Participants will have a greater understanding of the value of the quality of their clinical records in the identification process.  Become a forensic “sleeper”, a skill set that will fascinate you but we hope you will never need.

Topics include

  • The history of forensic dentistry 
  • Identification methods
  • Mass casualty incidents
  • Mortuary procedures
  • Medical and Dental Autopsies
  • Dental radiology
  • Forensic pathology
  • Dental records and nomenclature
  • Giving evidence in court
  • Post traumatic stress
  • Race, age, sex and stature determination
  • Age estimation
  • Identification of bite marks and child abuse
  • Computerised dental & bite mark identification

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