Forensic and Scientific Services

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Forensic and Scientific Services
Established 1989
Address 39 Kessels Road
Location Coopers Plains, Queensland, Australia
4108
Operating agency
Queensland Health
Website Forensic and Scientific Services

Forensic and Scientific Services (FSS) is part of Queensland Health and provides scientific services in the state of Queensland, Australia.

Services[edit]

Forensic and Scientific Services are part of the government response to threats to public health, threats to the environment, epidemics, civil emergencies, criminal investigations and coroners' inquiries into reportable deaths. Additionally they provide services to private and public sector clients in forensics, public health and environmental science. Services include:

  • Police services[1]
    • DNA profiling,
    • identification of deceased persons,
    • Forensic chemistry services including blood alcohol and drug analysis[2] ,
    • evidence examinations and reporting
    • clandestine laboratory analysis.
  • Forensic and Coronial services[3]
    • Autopsy to determine cause and circumstances of death,
    • Mortuary, counselling[4] services to bereaved families, coronial pathology and toxicology services and investigation of sudden or suspicious death. These services are located in the John Tonge Centre.
    • forensic testing for alcohol and drugs[5]
    • advice on human ethics and tissue donation.
  • Clinical Forensic Medicine[6]
    • examinations and treatment of victims and alleged perpetrators of crime.
  • Public and Environmental Health[7]
    • Inorganic Chemistry analyse metals and elements in environmental samples such as water, soil, sediment, food, blood, urine and other biological tissues.
    • Organic Chemistry provide testing, analysis and advice on a range of issues including: residues and contaminants, algal identification, food testing, molecular and chemical testing, air monitoring.
    • Radiation and Nuclear Sciences provide radiation science-based solutions including advisory and measurement services, radiation surveys and sample collection, baseline mapping,[8] surveillance and monitoring programs, calibration of measuring instruments, regulatory surveillance monitoring, investigation and reporting on radiation incidents.[9]
    • Microbiology provide investigations, analysis, diagnostic services and advice on bacterial outbreaks in food[10] and water[11]. The Public Health Microbiology laboratories also house the Leptospirosis[12] and bacterial pathogens reference libraries[13].
    • Virology provide diagnostic and references services for viral and rickettsial diseases such as Zika virus, Measles, Dengue fever, Norovirus and Influenza.[14]

References in the media[edit]

Forensic and Scientific Services is often, and incorrectly, referred to by news media as the John Tonge Centre.[15][16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Police services". Queensland Health. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Forensic chemical testing". Queensland Health. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Forensic and coronial services". Queensland Health. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Coping with unexpected death". Queensland Health. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Forensic toxicology". Queensland Health. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Clinical forensic medicine". Queensland Health. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Scientific services, analysis and advice". Queensland Health. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  8. ^ EIANZ News 27 June 2016 Baseline radiological mapping of Queensland
  9. ^ "Radiation and nuclear sciences". Queensland Health. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Food and beverage testing". Queensland Health. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Water testing". Queensland Health. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Leptospirosis Reference Laboratory". Queensland Health. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Microbiology reference laboratories". Queensland Health. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Public health virology". Queensland Health. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Probe into human brains stolen for race horse stimulant". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Digital. October 5, 2005.
  16. ^ "DNA ties murder accused to scene: court". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. August 26, 2011.

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