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Volume 9, Number 1, March 2015

Volume 9, Number 1, March 2015

May 30, 2015 | Newsletters

It has been gratifying to see the interest displayed in the short courses offered by the College. A very good number of members attended the Advance Law Intensive in Melbourne late last year and the Expert Witness course being conducted in Melbourne in April has been well over-subscribed to the point that the College is looking to run another Expert Witness course in this calendar year.

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Wanted: tooth eruption data

May 28, 2015 | Blog Watch

Dr Anna Williams, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Huddersfield writes about the Dental Arcade Game, which aims to improve forensic anthropologists’ and odontologists’ determination of age at death from dental eruption by improving the reference data sets used – they are currently out of date and based on limited population samples. See Anna’s blog entry for more information – you can help!

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Digitalis, my dear

May 28, 2015 | Blog Watch

Michelle Starr of CNET reports that forensic analysis of the naturally mummified corpse of Dante Aligheri’s patron, Cangrande I della Scala shows that the nobleman is likely to have died from digitalis poisoning. Evidence of tuberculosis and osteoarthritis was also found.

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Guidance on the court’s evaluation of expert evidence

May 21, 2015 | Blog Watch

Bill Madden’s blog entry of 14 March 2014 considers the court’s dicta on the nature of expert evidence in Cooper v Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 664, which stated that the court must ‘evaluate the witness and the soundness of his opinion…and the extent to which they are supported by the evidence’.

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ANAO Audit: Administration of the Medical Specialist Training Program

May 21, 2015 | Analysis & Research

This audit assessed the effectiveness of administration of the Medical Specialist Training Program (STP) by the Australian Department of Health. The STP is a grants program with competitive annual funding rounds, with state health departments and specialist colleges providing advice to the Department in order to direct grant disbursement through the colleges. The ANAO has recommended improvements aimed at improving transparency and equity.

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