Faculty of Clinical Forensic Medicine
Established in 2014, the RCPA Faculty of Clinical Forensic Medicine was founded to be the representative and training body for doctors working in the field of Clinical Forensic Medicine. Our objectives are to foster the highest standards in the provision of clinical forensic medicine.
Clinical Forensic Medicine is that branch of medicine concerned with ‘the provision of forensic medical services primarily to the living and the collection and interpretation of information for the purposes of civil and criminal law, the judiciary and the police. It is that branch of clinical medicine that deals with both the medical and legal aspects of patient care.
To pursue excellence in the discipline of Clinical Forensic Medical Services to contribute to the health, wellbeing and safety of the Australasian community.
The Faculty’s mission is to:
Provide professional standards for Australasian doctors who provide Clinical Forensic Medical services;
Promote and encourage education, research and training in the field of Clinical Forensic Medicine including ongoing professional development opportunities and maintenance of professional skills schemes;
Promote and facilitate greater co-operation between Clinical Forensic Medical practitioners with other participants involved in the legal system, such as the forensic scientists, legal practitioners, justice health providers and law enforcement;
Foster a better understanding of Clinical Forensic Medicine, both within the medical profession and among the general public; and
Seek and maintain formal recognition of Clinical Forensic Medicine as a specialty.
A training and assessment pathway to fellowship of the Faculty of Clinical Forensic Medicine is available for suitably experienced medical practitioners. See "Training in Clinical Forensic Medicine" for further details.