Expert Witness Courses for Health Professionals to be Conducted in Melbourne 19 October

LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – On Friday 19th of October, the Australian College of Legal Medicine will be conducting a one day Expert Witness Intensive for Doctors, Dentists & Other Health Professionals including Practice Staff, in Melbourne, Victoria.

The Australian College of Legal Medicine (ACLM), Australia’s forerunner in the field of legal medicine encourages Victorian doctors and health care workers to participate in the one day course to increase their legal knowledge and develop greater awareness of the legal operations and the delivery of expert evidence.

The Expert Witness Intensive is the introduction to expert witness theory and practice established by the Australian College of Legal Medicine across recent years. Admitted Lawyers from established Chambers will provide the necessary environment to simulate court conditions faced by expert witnesses

ACLM President, Professor Roy Beran believes that the one day intensive course is ideal for qualified healthcare professionals who are interested in practicing as expert witnesses. Participants will learn about civil and criminal process, qualifying as an expert witness, preparation of a court-ready report, and effective courtroom presentation.

“Having the ability to deliver expert evidence in a clear, concise and knowledgeable manner and being aware of expectations as an expert witness is absolutely essential in today’s field of Legal Medicine,” says Prof. Beran.

“A solid understanding of the Australian legal system and the operations of the courtroom can play an integral part in the delivery of medical evidence in both criminal and civil trials.

“We encourage all members of the Victorian health and medical community to participate in this valuable one day course,” said Beran.

Subjects to be covered include the expectations of a witness, for solicitors, members of the judiciary and barristers, Moot Court and examination & cross examination-role play, based on reports

Participants of the ACLM Law Intensive will walk away with an increases awareness of the approaches used by experts when testifying in court, which will allow them to connect with the jury and to withstand cross-examination

The course aims to ensure that participants develop an understanding of the distinctive issues involved in administering a forensic/expert witness practice, along with knowledge on the basics of the rules of evidence and the effect of these rules on the expert witness’ research and reporting

Complimentary to the Expert Witness Intensive is the ACLM Basic Law Intensive that will run across the 20 & 21st of October at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, South bank

The venue for the Expert Witness Intensive will be Fremantle Court House
Court 4, Perth, Western Australia

Basic Law Intensive for Health Professionals to be conducted in Melbourne, 20 and 21 October 2007.

Across the weekend of the 20th and 21st of October 2007, the Australian College of Legal Medicine will be holding an intensive two day lecture series in Melbourne, as an introduction to core law subjects as taught to undergraduate law students to provide doctors, dentists, and other health professionals with an understanding of the basic concepts of law.

The Australian College of Legal Medicine (ACLM), Australia’s forerunner in the field of legal medicine encourages NSW doctors, nurses and health care workers to participate in the conference to increase their knowledge of the law and the Australian legal system to develop a credible and realistic understanding of matters of law applicable to their professional practice.

“As today’s medical arena becomes increasingly litigious, a clear understanding of the Australian legal system is absolutely essential in all fields of medicine,” says Professor Roy Beran, ACLM President.

“With a heightened awareness of the large number malpractice cases being investigated around the country. Important issues are being raised and inquires initiated which will have a future impact on the medical community.”

“Australia’s medical community must continue to education themselves with the appropriate knowledge in regards to legal medicine and the relevance it plays in their day to day operations.”

Professor Beran believes that Australian health care workers must increase their awareness of legal ramifications when practising medicine or working in the administrative fields of medicine, nursing and dentistry. The ACLM conduct such programs in order to provide the medical community with such knowledge to prepare themselves for the future.

The Basic Law Intensive is presented by a highly legally qualified faculty of lecturers and will serve as a supplement and/or entrée to the ACLM Expert Witness Training program and the ACLM Advanced Law Intensive, which incorporates further aspects of law.

Topics covered across the two day course range from the legal system and process in Australia, law of torts, contract law, criminal law, statute interpretation and an introduction to recent professional case precedents and issues.

The venue for the two-day law intensive will be the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.
Complimentary to the Basic Law Intensive, the ACLM will also present the Expert Witness Intensive, which will be conducted on Friday October 19, 2007 at the same venue

For further information and enrolment in the Law intensive course visit or contact ACLM Executive on 02-9402-9565

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