Associate Professor David Wells OAM

Associate Professor David Wells OAM is a Senior Forensic Physician at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, previously Head of Forensic Medicine at the Institute for 19 years.  Associate Professor Wells is also the Coordinator of postgraduate programs at Monash University’s Departments of Forensic Medicine and since 2012 has been a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (Faculty of Education) from Monash University, and a Master of Arts (Department of Criminology) from The University of Melbourne.

Previously he held an advisory role with the World Health Organisation (WHO).  His projects with these organisations and the Institute have been in Africa (developing forensic medical service capacity), Samoa (developing a multi-sectoral response to domestic violence), the Middle East (development of medico-legal capacity in the Palestinian Occupied Territories) and a global project for the WHO aimed at assisting victims of sexual violence occurring during periods of armed conflict and identifying perpetrators of those crimes.

Associate Professor Wells has been a Member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine since 2000 and from 2015 he has performed the role of Secretary of the International Academy of Legal Medicine.

Associate Professor Wells’ career has seen him hold appointments in medical, forensic and educational institutions in Australia and the United Kingdom.  His contribution to community and professional organisations over the past four decades has been extensive and his professional memberships include the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Australasian Association of Forensic Physicians, the Royal Australasian College of Pathologists and Physicians for Human Rights.

Associate Professor Wells is widely published, having written over 100 books, chapters, journals, abstracts, reports and other publications.  He was appointed with the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2008 for service to forensic medicine and to the development of educational and training programs.