Master of Forensic Medicine
Within months of graduating from Monash, forensic dental officer Alistair Soon was in Nepal, putting his specialist degree to work. Having completed the Master of Forensic Medicine specialising in forensic odontology, Alistair volunteered his services following the 2015 earthquake. There, he was able to “provide advice and guidance to the Nepalese forensic dentists” in identifying victims of the disaster.
A Queensland-based dentist, Alistair completed the Master of Forensic Medicine to advance his interest in forensic odontology. As the only course of its kind in the region available to dentists, Alistair was drawn to the “flexible learning schedule and the face-to-face sessions” held at one of Australia’s most comprehensive forensic medical institutes, the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM). There he relished the opportunity to learn from some of the VIFM’s senior forensic practitioners, including the late Dr Anthony Hill, and forged close ties with his fellow students “many of whom were highly qualified medical experts in their own field”.
With his new knowledge and skills, Alistair is now taking on advanced level forensic odontology casework with Queensland Health’s Forensic and Scientific Services. He has since presented at prominent international meetings for organisations like INTERPOL and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. “The Master of Forensic Medicine made me a better practitioner of Forensic Odontology. I would recommend this course to anyone who strives to be an expert in their field and wants to pursue a postgraduate university qualification specialising in forensic medicine."