september, 2021

202122sep9:00 am5:00 pmForensic OdontologyFacilitated by NSW Forensic Education Committee 9:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST(GMT+10:00) View in my timeNSW Forensic Medicine and Coroners Court Event Organized By: ADA NSW Centre for Professional Development Discipline:ForensicFormat:Hands-on


Event Details

Piecing Together the Puzzle

The NSW Government has invested $91.5 million to create a world-class Forensic Medicine & Coroners Court Complex. It is the largest facility of its kind in Australia and represents a significant leap forward for coronial investigations in NSW.

The extensive high-tech facilities will enable more comprehensive coronial investigations of sudden and unexplained deaths, including complex cases and disasters involving mass casualties.

The facility has been carefully designed to offer even greater respect and dignity for grieving families seeking answers.

It also provides a more modern and spacious environment for  our staff who carry out these vital services.

This two-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.

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
  • Post traumatic stress
  • Race, age, sex and stature determination
  • Age estimation
  • Identification of bite marks and child abuse
  • Computerised dental and bite mark identification
Listen to the podcast by Professor Chris Griffiths and Dr Alain Middleton in the lead up to their upcoming course.


Speakers for this event

  • Associate Professor Alex Forrest

    Associate Professor Alex Forrest

    Specialist Forensic Odontologist - MDSc, GCEd, FICD, FFOMP(RCPA)

    Associate Professor Alex Forrest is recognised for his roles in Forensic Odontology and in teaching Anatomy of the Head and Neck. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Forensic Science at Griffith University and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland School of Dentistry. He is Director of Forensic Odontology at Health Support Queensland Forensic and Scientific Services and practices privately in dentoalveolar surgery. Alex also convenes the ADAQ Dental Practice Committee.

    Specialist Forensic Odontologist - MDSc, GCEd, FICD, FFOMP(RCPA)

  • Dr Denise Donlon

    Dr Denise Donlon

    Forensic anthropologist

    Dr Denise Donlon is a Senior Lecturer at Sydney University, Curator of the Shellshear Museum, and a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Science in the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

    Forensic anthropologist

  • Dr Pamela Gower

    Dr Pamela Gower

    Specialist Forensic Odontologist - BDS (Syd) DipForOdont FFOMP(RCPA) FICD

    Dr Pamela Gower is a registered specialist forensic odontologist and is a long standing Visiting Dental Officer (Westmead Hospital) working in the NSW Dental Identification Unit.

    Specialist Forensic Odontologist - BDS (Syd) DipForOdont FFOMP(RCPA) FICD

  • Professor (Affiliate) Chris Griffiths

    Professor (Affiliate) Chris Griffiths

    Specialist Forensic Odontologist

    Professor (Affiliate) Chris Griffiths is a registered specialist forensic odontologist and is Head of the NSW Dental Identification Unit. Current Chair of the Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

    Specialist Forensic Odontologist


ADA NSW Centre for Professional DevelopmentOur advocacy for members ensures we stay united as a profession, securing the profile, funding, support and recognition to allow us to continue advancing dentistry. As a not-for-profit organisation led by dentists for dentists, our remit is to deliver value to members and we do this in six key ways: Advocacy The strongest professions are those that are well represented Continuing Professional Development Providing comprehensive and respected CPD in world class facilities Networking and Connections Mentorship, events, local divisions and study groups Professional and Peer Advice On dento-legal matters, compliance, practice management, HR, IR, pharma News and Filtering We deliver what dentists need to know, when they need to know it Lifestyle and Benefits It's not all business. We incorporate social events and lifestyle benefits[email protected] Level 1, 1 Atchison Street, St Leonards NSW 2065


(Wednesday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST(GMT+10:00) View in my time

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Member Price: $950.00, Non-Member Price: $1,140.00

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