Australian Capital Territory Branch

The ANZFSS ACT Branch Inc represents the academic and forensic science interests of its members. Being based in Australia’s capital city, home to the headquarters of most federal agencies employing Forensic Scientists, the ACT Branch is uniquely positioned to reflect on the application of the forensic sciences in the Australian government, and current research supporting national policy.

The ACT Branch brings together scientists, police, criminalists, pathologists, biometric experts, academics and members of the legal profession actively involved in the forensic sciences.

With experience and enthusiasm, the ACT Branch Committee strive to showcase early-career researchers, host regular branch meetings and visits to places of forensic interest, facilitate presentations by experts on local and national cases of interest, and engage with members to offer networking opportunities and boost professional development.

Membership is invited from all persons with bona fide interests in forensic science and members are required to adhere to a Code of Professional Practice.

PO Box 313 Gungahlin ACT 2912

Branch Executive

Annalise Wrzeczycki

I am a Forensic Document Examiner & Forensic Facial Image Examiner.
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Amy Davies

Vice President
I’m a Chemist and Lab Manager with 15 years of experience in forensic, medical and regulatory science environments.
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Hannah Barrett

I am the ACT Branch Secretary and have been working as a Forensic Chemist since 2018.
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Joe Meikle

I am a Forensic Chemist and hold a Bachelor of Forensic Science, with Honours and a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University.
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Committee Members

Dr Jo Bunford

I am a Senior Forensic Chemist with 20 years’ experience in both the UK and Australia examining trace evidence including glass, paint and polymers.
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Stewart Pope

I am a forensic identification subject matter expert, specialising in biometrics and laboratory management.
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Shanley Porto

Relatively new to the role of Forensic Document Examiner, I hold a Bachelor of Forensic Biology from UTS and Master of Forensic Anthropology from UWA.
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Caitlin Schmaal

I am a Forensic Chemist and hold an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science (Forensic and Analytical Science) from Flinders University
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Dr LaTara Rust

I am a Forensic Chemist reporting on glass, ignitable liquid residues, and explosives.
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Russell Stuart

With over 20 years forensic teaching experience, I am currently a Senior Teacher with the CIT Health, Community Science College – Forensic Studies.
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Kirsten Adelstein

As the current academic coordinator for the Faculty of Science and Technology at Canberra Uni, I have always had a passion for forensic science...
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Dr Eva Bruenisholz

I am a senior forensic project officer with domestic and international experiences at operational, strategic and academic levels.
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Branch News

07/09/2023 | Australian Capital Territory

ACT Branch News

ACT Branch celebrated Science Week 2023 with a bang! Multiple rounds of bangs in fact. We had Australian Federal Police (AFP) certified Forensic Firearm Examiner and Ballistics expert Joel Waszczuk...

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10/08/2023 | Australian Capital Territory

ACT Branch Science Week Public Night: “Hollywood Ballistics: Science or Fiction?”

All welcome. Register at   Date: 6pm Monday 14 August Location: East Hotel, Kingston ACT   Follow @anzfssactbranch on Instagram for more event details. Click here ...

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05/07/2022 | General

ACT Branch news; 2022 Symposium Award Winners Announced

The ACT Branch Committee are proud to announce the ACT recipients of National and Branch Symposium Awards to attend the 25th International Symposium in Brisbane in September 2022. https://www.anzf...

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