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Dr Ian Musgrave – The forensic implications of herbal medicine

Alternative medicines, including herbal therapies, are becoming increasingly popular in Western countries, with herbal treatments now being used by up to 35% of the population in Australia (7% being Traditional Chinese Medicinal herbs), with higher use in patients with HIV/AIDs and depression. Herbal remedies may be based on complex medical traditions spanning many hundreds of years, as in traditional Chinese and Indian systems such as Ayurveda. A problem of forensic significance is the difficulties in controlling the quality, composition and purity of herbal supplies. A further problem is that these medicines are considered as lacking significant side effects, even though there is evidence of severe and potentially life threating adverse reactions. As well, the potential for fatal interactions with conventional drugs and other herbal medicines is under-appreciated, which may lead to missed causes of injury and death. Some case studies will be discussed.

Tuesday 26th March; 6:30pm for a 7pm start

Level 1, Flinders in the City, Victoria Square, Adelaide CBD

ANZFSS Members: Free     Non-Members: $10

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2018 ANZFSS Symposium Awards

Congratulations to the SA Branch Members who obtained awards at the Symposium!

Duncan Taylor, Best Oral Presentation, Biological Criminalistics

Thekla Ganiaris, Best Poster, Biological Criminalistics

Denice Higgins, Best Poster, Document Examination

Ted Silenieks, Best Poster, Crime Scene Examination


Special congratulations also to:

Darren Bails, Carolyne Bird, and Hilton Kobus for receiving Life Membership of the Society

Of interest is that Carolyne is both the youngest and first female life member of the Society!


Roger Byard, for receiving the John Harber Phillips Award.

To see the media release please click here.

ANZFSS Symposium Award Recipients 

Congratulations to the SA Branch Members who have received funding at the Executive and/or SA Branch level to attend the Symposium in Perth this year!

Ross Vining Memorial Student Scholarship: Eliza Moule

Sandy Congdon Memorial Scholarship: Danielle Butzbach

Luke Volgin    Julianne Henry    Denice Higgins    Duncan Taylor    Ted Silenieks    Thekla Ganiaris

Janet Dubrich    Peter Stockham    Greg Abroe    Andrew Camilleri    Karen Thai

March 2018 Newsletter out now!

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