The Graeme Schofield Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Oration
The Graeme Schofield Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Oration is a public, biennial event which aims to highlight the work of forensic practitioners from around the world, with particular focus on projects in resource-poor countries. It was named after Emeritus Professor Graeme Schofield, one of the founders of the VIFM.
The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine provides, promotes and assists in the provision of forensic pathology and related services. It is through its academic alter-ego, the Department of Forensic Medicine (Monash University) that teaching and research is conducted in this important field.
There is a direct link between respect for the rule of law and prosperity. Forensic medicine is the key medical discipline at the heart of law, involved with proper resolution of serious crimes. Resource poor countries are often also countries where the rule of law is weak.
The generous philanthropic contribution of Mrs Barbara Schofield and her children Peter, Jill and John (The Schofield Bequest) will support the vision of VIFM and the Department of Forensic Medicine to promote access to, and build capacity for, forensic medicine knowledge in resource-poor countries through educating and teaching.
More specifically, the Schofield Bequest enables the VIFM and Department of Forensic Medicine to hold a biennial oration, featuring a local or international expert in forensic medicine.
The inaugural Graeme Schofield Oration was held in 2012 and was titled:
‘Hell’s Kitchen: Post-Conflict Recovery and Justice; Forensic Medicine and Human Rights.” The 2012 Oration consisted of two parts, delivered by two prestigious speakers:
- Dr Morris Tidball-Binz is the Forensic Coordinator for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) based in Geneva, Switzerland.
- The Honourable Kevin Parker AC RFD is a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He was also a permanent Judge and Vice President of the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague from 2003 – 2011.