Victoria Branch

The AFS was formed in 1971 to bring together scientists, police, criminalists, pathologists, and legal professionals actively involved in forensic science. In 1988 the AFS recognised New Zealand members and became the ANZFSS. Our objectives are to enhance the quality of forensic science through our international symposium and the events and meetings by each branch about forensic science. The ANZFSS accepts membership from all persons with bona fide interests in forensic science, and has drawn up a Code of Professional Practice for its members.

Branch Executive

Joseph Balkwill

President
I am employed within the Drug Sciences Group at the Victoria Police Forensic Service Department
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Joanne Gerstner-Stevens

Treasurer
I have been an ANZFSS member since 1990 and am the current Treasurer
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Joel Smith

Secretary
I graduated in 2015 with a degree in Medicinal Chemistry (Hons)
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Dr Jim Pearson

Past-President
I have been employed at the Victoria Police Forensic Services Centre since late 1986
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Committee Members

Bianca Szkuta

I am a Lecturer in Forensic Science at Deakin University
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Craig Hewitson

I am a Fingerprint Expert with Victoria Police
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Natalie Price

I am a Forensic Technical Assistant at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
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Catherine Shehan

I am currently employed within the Document Examination Unit at the Victoria Police Forensic Service Department.
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Branch Awards

David Grace Award

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Branch News

03/08/2022 | General

VIC Branch News

Please find the latest VIC Branch news here.  

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06/03/2022 | Victoria

David Grace Symposium Travel Award

  David Grace was employed at the Victoria Forensic Science Centre for many years as a Forensic Officer in the Biology Division.  David was also a long serving, dedicated and enthusiastic mem...

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05/03/2022 | Victoria

Bryan Found Symposium Award

Dr Bryan Found was a true champion of forensic science, incredibly passionate for improvement and development.  In memory of Bryan, the Found family has established a Memorial Scholarship in his n...

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