Forensic Anthropology in Australia: Working Towards Improved Practice

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The Forensic Anthropology Scientific Working Group (SWG) in Australia has implemented a number of initiatives aimed at assessing and developing standards of practice in Australia, including the development of guidelines and a code of ethics for forensic anthropology practitioners. The latest initiative, proficiency testing (PT) as part of a general Quality Assurance Programme (QAP), has been identified by the SWG as an area of priority. However, accessibility to appropriate reference collections of individuals of known age and sex in Australia is problematic. Therefore a trial was undertaken using Computed Tomography (CT) generated images of skulls. The aims of the PT were to examine the concordance of practitioner responses for the determination of sex and estimation of age and in doing so, comment on the suitability of CT images for general anthropological assessment.


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