ACT Chapter Plenary

ACT Chapter Plenary

ACT Chapter Plenary Session: 20th June 2024 at 6pm.  Location: Canberra Institute of Technology Restaurant.  Level 1, K Block, 37 Constitution Ave, Reid ACT 2615

Title: Developments in Forensic Pathology 

Speaker: Professor Jo Duflou, Consulting Forensic Pathologist 

Abstract:  In this presentation, Professor Jo Duflou will discuss changes in forensic pathology in the last decade both in Australia and in overseas jurisdictions. Topics discussed will include changes to autopsy practice with specific reference to his practice at the Forensic Medicine Centre in the ACT and within the ACT coronial and criminal jurisdictions, developments in non-invasive postmortem technology, progress in fatal natural disease investigation, and aspects of postmortem toxicology 

Bio:  Professor Jo Duflou is a forensic pathologist practicing from Sydney and Canberra with extensive expertise in all aspects of forensic medicine and pathology, including injury assessment, mechanisms of injury, and their effects on the human body, both in living persons and in the deceased. As a specialist pathologist he also has in-depth knowledge of the mechanisms and effects of disease on the body. He has presented expert evidence in multiple jurisdictions in all States and Territories in Australia, and has also given expert evidence in many international jurisdictions. 

Professor Duflou has specialist medical qualifications from South Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand and has been providing a part-time consultancy service since 1991, and has expanded this to full-time practice since 2015. Prior to this, he was Clinical Director at the Department of Forensic Medicine in Sydney. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Sydney Medical School of the University of Sydney, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) of the University of NSW. 

Jo has published widely in the peer-reviewed medical literature, with over 160 peer reviewed medical and scientific publications on diverse topics including injury mechanisms and documentation, forensic toxicology and a variety of natural diseases. In addition, he has been the recipient of over $3.5 million in competitive research funding. He also lectures at universities in NSW, and has been a regular invited speaker at national and international medical, scientific and legal conferences