Forensic Nurse Examiner

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine is Australia’s most comprehensive forensic medical facility. We serve the Victorian community and the whole of the Victorian justice system, especially the courts.

We provide the justice system with evidence to underpin safe convictions and appropriate acquittals. Our doctors help investigate deaths reported to the Coroner, examine alleged offenders and assess, treat and support victims of crime.

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We embrace diversity amongst our staff and welcome applications from people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people with a disability. If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format, such as large print, please email

If a career that can give you the opportunity to contribute to a safe and just Victoria appeals to you, we look forward to receiving your application.
Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Casual/Temporary
Job Function: Medical and Nursing
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Western - Ballarat
Reference: VG/_FM1950B
Closing Date: 22-Oct-2017
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description FM1950 Forensic Nurse Examiner_Casual.docx (Word, 67KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Adele O’Hehir on (03) 9684 4480

Position Details

  • Are you a Registered Nurse looking for a new and interesting casual opportunity?
  • Are you interested in working in a very challenging, sensitive and highly confidential environment?
  • Do you have excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to articulate nursing concepts in lay terms?

If this sounds like you, this exciting role could be for you. 

Position Details

The Forensic Nurse Examiner provides an informed, impartial and competent forensic service to the Victoria Police, the Courts and Office of Public Prosecutions, including the examination of  adult victims of physical and sexual assault, collection of biological and forensic samples, preparation of medico-legal reports and statements, and provision of advice to police and other stakeholders regarding clinical forensic matters.

Working autonomously within the community (Ballarat region), the Forensic Nurse Examiner is responsible for participating in the provision of a 24-hour forensic medical service for Victoria Police including (but not necessarily limited to) the:

  • examination of adult victims of physical and sexual assault
  • collection of biological specimens
  • preparation of medico-legal reports and statements
  • provision of advice to police and others regarding clinical forensic matters
  • preparation and presentation to the courts on evidence derived from examination.

This is a casual position with a pay rate of approximately $100 per hour.

To be successful in this role, you will require:

  • proven post-graduate nursing experience with a sound knowledge base and experience in contemporary nursing practice
  • demonstrated written and verbal communication with the ability to prepare and present objective, impartial statements, and provide evidence in Court
  • demonstrated commitment to women's and men's health and ability to provide a quality medical service in an objective and accurate manner
  • demonstrated ability to work as an effective and contributing team member
  • understanding of privacy, confidentiality and security in the medico-legal context
  • highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to articulate nursing concepts in lay terms
  • high personal standards in relation to honesty, objectivity, patient focus, and continuous quality improvement
  • current Victorian Driver licence
  • current Registration as a Division 1 Registered Nurse by AHPRA.
  • current Police and Working with Children Checks (or ability to obtain)
  • relevant experience in a specific area of nursing complimentary to the work of a forensic nurse examiner (desirable).

Work Arrangements

This position is casual in the Ballarat region and the Forensic Nurse Examiner is employed on an “as available” basis to conduct forensic examinations by Victoria Police as the need arises with no requirement to be on call at any specified time. If unavailable, the Forensic Nurse Examiner can arrange alternative times with police to suit availability.

Application Process

Prior to commencing your online application, please view the position description and the key selection criteria, and then click Apply Now to commence the process.

Applications should include:

  • your resume
  • a covering letter outlining your experience in the key selection criteria (from the position description).

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday 22 October 2017.

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