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Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service (VFPMS)

Trainee Positions

  • 3 Fellow positions in Forensic Paediatric Medicine (VFPMS Fellows)
    • 12 month positions at 0.5 EFT.  A full-time position might be offered to a trainee planning a career in forensic paediatric medicine.
  • Accredited for RACP General Medicine ATC "Developmental and Behavioural" and Community Child Health ATC "Child Protection" training

Trainee Level

  • AT2 or AT3 (prefer AT3)

Particular Requirements:

  • A separate cover letter directed specifically towards this role is required


  • Dr Anne Smith, Director VFPMS.   anne.smith@rch.org.au   (03) 9345 4298

Roster and on-call

  • Rostered to clinics at RCH (Royal Children's Hospital) and MCH (Monash Children's Hospital) during business hours
    • 2.5 days total
  • Rostered on-call (with possible recall) to RCH and MCH (both sites during on-call period)
    • on-call totals approximately 1 week in 6 (split over multiple weeks)


  • At RCH and MCH VFPMS suites.
    • Nursing support and consultant supervision for clinics

Education and Teaching

  • Clinical supervision on hour weekly with additional consultant support during clinics
  • Peer review meetings 2 x 90 minutes per month
  • Monthly journal club
  • Monthly "Hot Topics" presentations
  • Annual VFPMS seminer


  • As per Doctors in Training (Victorian) award - includes oncall and recall
  • Pro rata - 5 weeks annual leave + study leave


  • Must have a driver's licence and own car

The Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service (VFPMS) provides trainees with an eye-opening, challenging and rewarding opportunity to learn about vulnerability, child abuse, and neglect.  Trainees learn how to interact with families and stakeholders, examine children searching for signs of injury, determine cause and timing of injury, collect samples from sexual assault victims, provide forensic opinions in case conferences, produce medicolegal reports and testify in court. Trainees rapidly become valued, skilled members of the highly supportive VFPMS team.