Nicola is an emergency and senior forensic physician, which puts her right at the intersection of medicine and the law. She runs the training program for forensic registrars, introducing GP and emergency trainees to the vagaries of both these worlds. She is a passionate advocate for safety of patients and staff, creatively using education and legal instruments to challenge the status quo. She also works with the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, and the Incident Response Team for Safer Care Victoria. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Communiqué, and Medico-Legal Editor of Emergency Medicine Australasia. As a mum of three, a student of law, and an avid kickboxer, she has decided to fill her spare time this year with training to climb Mt Kilimanjaro.

Nicola Cunningham

Forensic medicine, or the application of medicine as it pertains to the courts, can apply to any field of medicine, but this is nowhere more true than in critical care, where assault, both physical and sexual, can bring medicine into contact with the sharp edge of the law.
Many doctors have an intuitive aversion to the courts as an adversarial and potentially hostile environment. A basic knowledge of forensic medical principles can assist in giving the practitioner confidence and in assisting the judicial process.
This workshop will cover: 1. a. Principles of injury interpretation, b. sexual assault examination and c. assessing fitness for police interview; 2. Small group sessions in a. physical and b. sexual assault examination and report writing and 3. Mock court in relation to a. physical and b. sexual assault cases.

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