Victoria Branch

Welcome to the Victorian Branch of the Australian New Zealand Forensic Science Society. As an integral part of the larger society, our branch serves local and visiting scientists, students, police members, pathologists, and lawyers passionate about forensic science. Dedicated to promoting knowledge exchange and collaboration, our branch provides a local platform for members to network through periodic local seminars that typically feature a speaker on a topic of interest. We aim to foster a supportive environment that promotes conversations and encourages the learning and professional development for all members. Together, we contribute to the advancement of forensic science and its crucial role in upholding justice.

Become a member, connect with like-minded individuals; we look forward to welcoming you to our community!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us in the contact us section!

Branch Executive

Joseph Balkwill

President
I am forensic chemist; I hold a Bachelor of Science
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Natalie Price

Vice President
I am a Forensic Technical Assistant at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
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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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Dr Jim Pearson

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

Tracie Gould

Conference Chair - ANZFSS Melbourne 2025
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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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Steve Korkoneas

Mr. Korkoneas is a Forensic Toxicologist, specialising in Workplace Alcohol and other Drug Testing (AOD) Programs
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Elizabeth Campher

I am a student completing the Master of Chemical Science course at La Trobe University
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Angel-lee Wills

I am a recent graduate of Deakin University’s
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Joel Smith

I graduated in 2015 with a degree in Medicinal Chemistry (Hons)
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Branch Awards

David Grace Award

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Branch News

18/09/2023 | Victoria

Global Humanitarian Forensic Action: 2023 VIFM Graeme Schofield Oration

Global Humanitarian Forensic Action: 2023 VIFM Graeme Schofield Oration Join us for a captivating evening at the 2023 VIFM Graeme Schofield Oration , when globally recognised forensic investigato...

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20/06/2023 | General

VIC Branch News

The Victoria Branch has run three successful seminars this calendar year to date. Liz Porter opened the year with a seminar entitled ‘Untold stories from the Victoria Police Forensic Services...

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19/06/2023 | General

Congratulations to all the ANZFSS National Award Winners

Below is the list of National Award Winners. Congratulations to everyone whose name is listed below. NSW Alicia Haines Ayusha Dahal Charlotte Britton Harrison Fursman Hayley Green Laylal Zaarour ...

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18/06/2023 | Victoria

Congratulations to all the ANZFSS Branch Award Winners

Below is the list of branch award winners for awards and scholarships determined by each branch. Please note Branch awards and the financial support related to the Awards is determined by individua...

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19/02/2023 | General

David Grace Award

Catherine Shehan, David Grace Award Recipient shares her experience of the 25th Australia New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) International Symposium in Brisbane 2022. As a proud recipien...

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05/02/2023 | General

David Grace Award

Nicole Bond, David Grace Award Recipient shares her experience of the 25th Australia New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) International Symposium in Brisbane 2022. Thanks to the David Grac...

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29/01/2023 | Victoria

2023 David Grace Symposium 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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29/01/2023 | Victoria

2023 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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03/08/2022 | General

VIC Branch News

Please find the latest VIC Branch news here.  

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06/03/2022 | Victoria

2022 David Grace Symposium Travel Award (now closed)

  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

2022 Bryan Found Symposium Award (now closed)

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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