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The Analysis of Skeletal Trauma in Medicolegal Contexts: Issues, Novel Approaches, and Future Directions.

posted on 27.07.2022, 09:59 authored by NICHOLAS JAMES DEMPSEY
Analysing and interpreting the circumstances of traumatic injuries is a fundamental aspect of forensic casework. Considerable skeletal trauma injuries exist dependent on factors such as the direction of impact, force, and biological factors. Skeletal trauma is complex, and in many instances, causes of injury and death are not testable. The current evidence base is limited requiring significant improvements. This project uses a methodological framework that analyses postmortem data using machine learning that can potentially differentiate between impact mechanisms. This approach will provide the basis to explore alternative methods in which to improve the analysis of skeletal trauma in medicolegal contexts.


Principal supervisor

Soren Blau

Additional supervisor 1

Richard Bassed

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Forensic Medicine

Additional Institution or Organisation

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences