Prof. Dr. Stephen Cordner

Thematic Lecture

Professor of Forensic Pathology (International), Monash University

Head, International Programmes, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM)

Stephen was the Foundation Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University and Director of the VIFM from 1987 – 2014. Under his direction the VIFM was developed to provide its independent expert forensic medical and scientific services to the justice system, tissue for transplantation and postgraduate medical and scientific teaching and research services. Over the years, he has developed a particular interest in mass casualty management, human rights and humanitarian forensic action.

Stephen has worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and has undertaken forensic medical investigative work in Kosovo, East Timor, Fiji, and Indonesia as well as his case work in Australia.  On behalf of the ICRC (or WHO) he has undertaken missions to Iraq, countries of the former Yugoslavia and Myanmar, the Philippines and Liberia.   He particularly enjoys teaching and has undertaken or organised training in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, Botswana and Uganda. He was President of INPALMS from 2001 – 2007. His most recent book is, as co-author, the 4th edition of: Good Medical Practice: Professionalism, Ethics and the Law published in 2016 by the Australian Medical Council.

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