Description

The Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service (VFPMS) is a specialised paediatric (for children) medical service. It provides forensic clinical examinations and assessments for children under the age of 18 where there is suspected child abuse or neglect. A forensic examination is a way of scientifically gathering and assessing health information which can then be used in court as evidence.

Children may be referred to VFPMS by Victoria Police or Child Protection or by a health professional.

Services provided

  • Evaluation of injury
  • Specialist expertise for sexual abuse
  • Holistic health and developmental assessments for children with complex needs
  • Integrated health care (including coordinated referrals and follow up care)
  • Comprehensive reports 
  • Participation in legal proceedings
  • Statewide advice and consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Education and training

Eligibility

VFPMS provides services to children who are referred from Child Protection, Victoria Police or other health professionals.

How to access

VFPMS can be accessed at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Children's Hospital or via your local regional health service.

Call 1300 66 11 42.

The National Relay Service (NRS) is available to help callers with a hearing or speech impairment. For:

The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) is available (24 hours, 7 days) for callers who speak other languages. Call 131 450.

Hours

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Costs

VFPMS is a free service.