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ANZFSS 2018 Stream


Anthropology, Archaeology & Odontology

Issues relevant to the recovery and examination of human remains (eg from clandestine burials, mass graves, war theatres), and physical anthropology (including human osteology & odontology)

Biological Criminalistics

All aspects of forensic biology, from presumptive tests through to DNA profiling.

Chemical Criminalistics

Physical & chemical analysis of materials including glass, paint, textile fibres, and firearm discharge residues.

Crime Scene Investigation

Issues related to crime scene examinations and the disciplines generally covered by field-based practitioners (eg scene of crime detection, footwear impressions, bloodstain pattern analysis, etc)

Document Examination

The examination of questioned documents (including the physical and chemical analysis of paper, inks, toners, etc)

Education & Training

Issues related to education and training across the various fields of forensic science including tertiary education, electronic courses and short courses.

Electronic & Digital Evidence

To include the collection, analysis and interpretation of the various forms of digital/electronic information that may form part of a forensic investigation (eg data from mobile phones, laptops, PCs, PDAs, GPS systems, fax machines, etc.).

Fingerprint Examination & Biometrics

Physical and chemical techniques used for fingermark detection and enhancement, together with issues related to fingerprint identification, including the interpretation of fingerprint evidence.  Also includes biometric technologies that measure and analyse human body characteristics, such as fingerprints, eye retinas and irises, voice patterns, facial configurations and hand measurements, for authentication and identification purposes.

Fires & Explosions

Issues related to scene examination, sample collection, and sample analysis for incidents involving fire or explosion.

Firearms & Tool Marks

Issues related to scene examination, sample collection, and sample analysis for incidents involving firearms and tool marks.

Illicit Drugs & Clandestine Laboratories

Issues related to scene examination, sample collection, and sample analysis for incidents involving illicit drugs, including clandestine laboratories involved in the manufacture of illicit materials.  Sample analysis includes the application of chemical profiling techniques and related database and data interpretation issues.

Management & Quality Assurance

Aspects related to the management of forensic support services, including quality assurance (eg ISO 17025 accreditation).

Pathology & Clinical Medicine

All aspects of forensic pathology and clinical forensic medicine, including forensic psychology and forensic psychiatry (note that odontology is covered under Anthropology, Archaeology & Odontology).

Science, Justice & Legal Issues

Issues related to the interface between the various forensic science disciplines and the legal system, including how forensic evidence is perceived and interpreted by the legal community and how forensic evidence is presented in court.

Toxicology & Pharmacology

Aspects related to the use of toxicology and other disciplines, such as analytical chemistry, pharmacology and clinical chemistry as part of the medicolegal investigation into incidents of death, poisoning, and drugs use.

Wildlife & Forensic Taphonomy

Issues related to the physical and biochemical analysis of animal-related material that may be encountered in wildlife crime investigations (eg illegal trafficking of native animals), as well as the study of the identification and biological attributes of insects with application to forensic investigations.  Also includes palynology, botany and the environmental effects of post-mortem changes to human remains.

CBRN & Counter-Terrorism

Issues specifically related to counter-terrorism investigations (eg analysis of CBRN agents) and the forensic response to major incidents including Disaster Victim Identification (DVI).