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Forensic dental and medical response to the Bali bombing

Russell Lain, Chris Griffiths and John M N Hilton
Med J Aust 2003; 179 (7): 362-365.
Published online: 6 October 2003

After the Bali bombing on 12 October 2002, once the survivors had been treated or evacuated, many dead, severely burned and fragmented bodies were left. Formal identification was required before any remains could be released to grieving families. Australia sent a team to assist the Indonesians in this daunting and disturbing task. The “disaster victim identification” process eventually confirmed 202 people as dead, including 88 Australians. Personal and professional relationships between the Indonesians and our team were important factors in our acceptance into the Indonesian emergency response.

  • Russell Lain1
  • Chris Griffiths2
  • John M N Hilton3

  • 1 Oral Surgery Department, United Dental Hospital of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Westmead Centre for Oral Health, Westmead, NSW.
  • 3 Department of Forensic Medicine, Sydney, NSW.

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