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Should efforts to minimise DNA contamination of forensic swabs be standardised across Australia?

J Anne S Smith
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (7): 416-419. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10029
Published online: 3 October 2011

Forensic medical practitioners urgently require credentials and national guidelines

Across Australia, health professionals from differing disciplines provide health care for victims of suspected assault, which may include collection of samples for forensic analysis. Although some have been trained to collect forensic samples, few hold professional qualifications in forensic medicine. The current lack of standards and credentialled training for collection of forensic samples (in a manner that minimises the risk of contamination) poses an unacceptable risk to individual doctors and nurses, the profession and to the criminal justice system.

  • J Anne S Smith

  • Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: anne.smith@rch.org.au

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