7th annual meeting of the International Society for Forensic Radiology and Imaging | 13th annual meeting of the International Association of Forensic Radiographers

Organising Committee

  • Dr. Chris O’Donnell

    Dr. O’Donnell is a clinical Radiologist who in 2005 was instrumental in the installation of a CT scanner into the mortuary of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. Since that time post-mortem CT (PMCT) has become an integral part of medico-legal death investigation in this state. His expertise is in the integration of imaging into forensic practice including identification of deceased persons culminated in an important role in the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009 in which 173 persons perished. This was the first time in history that PMCT has been used in such a mass scale for disaster victim identification. Based on that experience his input has been pivotal in the formation of standards for the use of radiology in mass disaster.

    Dr O’Donnell is actively involved in research involving post-mortem CT scanning, is convenor of a successful annual short course on PMCT interpretation at Monash University and has supervised many visiting international radiology and pathology fellows. His experience in post-mortem CT is such that he is frequently asked to provide expert evidence for the Victorian State Coroner and the state’s criminal justice system.

    He is a Foundation member of the International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging, is currently President-elect of that society and convenor of the Annual Scientific Congress in Melbourne 2018. He has also instigated the creation of an Australian and New Zealand working group on forensic imaging involving radiologists, pathologists, radiographers and mortuary technicians (FRANZ).

  • Dr. Padma Rao

    Dr. Rao is Director of Medical Imaging at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. She is a UK trained physician and radiologist and has been specialising in paediatric radiology since 1996. Padma was appointed as a Consultant Paediatric Radiologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne in 2002. Padma has particular interests in imaging in non-accidental injury and forensic radiology and in radiology of the urinary tract. Padma has authored a number of journal articles and presentations along with several book chapters and has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings and workshops.

    Padma enjoys teaching and is an examiner for the Part 2 Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists Board examinations. She is prior Treasurer of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Paediatric Radiology, and maintains an active role on the Executive of the ANZSPR.

    Padma is on the Board of Directors for Kind Cuts for Kids, a volunteer not for profit organization that aims to provide sustainable outreach medical and surgical care to children in developing countries by skill transfer and teaching of the local health care professionals, also participating in the workshops herself.

  • Dr. Heinrich Bouwer

    Dr Bouwer is a forensic pathologist practicing at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine since January 2011. He completed his medical training at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. After completing his internship at Themba Hospital, a rural hospital on the border of Mozambique, a working holiday took him to New Zealand in 2002. He worked as a medical registrar in Internal Medicine and Haematology in Christchurch before commencing training in pathology in 2005. He has an interest in Post Mortem CT Imaging, Disaster Victim identification and Forensic Neuropathology.

  • Dr. Lyndall Smythe

    Dr. Smythe is a consultant forensic odontologist at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) and Adjunct Lecturer at Monash University. She is the coordinator of the clinical Forensic Odontology stream of the Masters of Forensic Medicine degree. In addition she teaches graduate dental students at the University of Melbourne in areas of treatment planning, clinical photography, and emergency dentistry.

    She graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2003 and branched out into a diverse range of dental practice over the last ten years. This includes remote general dentistry in the Northern Territory and working in correctional services across Australia as a dentist to some of Australia's most notorious criminals. In 2008 she became a Forensic Odontologist, studying as a post graduate at the University of Adelaide and in time attained her current position at VIFM. Areas of research include using post-mortem computed tomography to develop usable cranio-facial superimposition techniques in ID and exploring the science and psychology of visual identification within the Coronial/Forensic science context.

  • Dr. Matthew Lynch

    Dr. Lynch has practiced as a forensic pathologist for 25 years and has undergraduate qualifications in medicine and law and post graduate qualifications in anatomical and forensic pathology. His areas of interest include the role of post mortem imaging in medico-legal death investigation, sudden cardiac death in the young, paediatric pathology, the pathology of maternal deaths, medical law and ethico-legal issues in forensic medicine.

  • Ms. Edel Doyle

    Ms. Doyle worked in Tallaght Hospital, Dublin for 9 years where she was the Lead Radiographer for providing a Forensic Imaging service to the Irish State Pathologist. She was responsible for introducing a local Forensic Imaging policy, as well as co-ordinating the review of the national ‘best practice’ Forensic Imaging guidelines for the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRRT) in 2010, 2013 and 2016. Edel has organised a number of forensic radiography study days in Ireland in conjunction with the International Association of Forensic Radiographers (IAFR) which have been very popular.

    Edel has published a number of forensic articles in Radiography Ireland (IIRRT journal). She presented posters at the IIRRT and IAFR conferences in 2013. She has guest lectured on the ‘Forensic Radiography’ and ‘Forensic Medicine’ postgraduate courses in UCD. She has presented on behalf of the IAFR at the International Society of Radiographers an Radiologic Technologists (ISRRT) congress in Seoul, as well as at the Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Imaging Conference (ANZPIC) in Adelaide in 2016.

    As well as completing a number of postgraduate qualifications in forensics and radiography prior to moving to live in Australia in 2013, Edel has completed forensic radiography response team training (UKFRRT) training with the IAFR, the Virtopsy course in Zurich, as well as a Dental DVI and PMCT Interpretation courses at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM), Melbourne. She has supervised a number of undergraduate students from Monash University in undertaking Literature Reviews on forensic topics.

  • Dr. Liz Manning

    Dr. Manning is the Manager of National and International Programs at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM). In this role, Liz co-ordinates international forensic medical capacity development projects, liaises with international stakeholders and partners, and manages international training placements at the VIFM.

    Before joining the VIFM, Liz undertook a long-term organisational capacity development project in Vietnam. She has also worked in senior government roles with an information and communications technology industry development focus as the Executive Director of the Queensland Information Industries Board and then as CEO of Software Engineering Australia (Qld). Liz has also undertaken corporate governance roles as Board Chair and Board Member of state, national and international non-government organisations with a focus on sexual health services.

  • Ms. Trish O’Brien

    Ms. O’Brien has a background in clinical nursing and legal administration. She joined VIFM as a pathology liaison officer after completing an MBA at Monash University. She is currently working in pathology administration at VIFM and is site co-ordinator for Monash University medical students.

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