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Professor David Wells OAM (1964-70)

David Wells was an excellent student at Trinity, gaining a Commonwealth University Scholarship and a special distinction in English Literature. He was also talented at football, cricket and athletics, and a keen bushwalker.

David gained a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University in 1976 and a Master’s in Criminology from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from Monash, a Diploma from the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and a Diploma of Medical Jurisprudence from the Society of Apothecaries of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a Fellow of the Australian College of Legal Medicine and a Fellow of the faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine in the UK.

After working in England, David returned to Melbourne and became Police Surgeon in 1984. The positions he held within the medical field were wide-ranging and his professional interests covered the full span of clinical forensic medicine, centred on non-accidental injury of children, sexual assault, injury interpretation and medical education. His international work (with the World Health Organisation, Amnesty International and the Australian Government), focused on assisting the establishment of medico-legal services for victims of sexual violence in developing countries. David coordinated the Monash University postgraduate program in forensic medicine and was a senior lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics at Monash University.

David was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2009 for his services to forensic medicine and forensic medical education.

In 2013 David began a well-earned retirement from the Head of Forensic Medicine position to spend his time as a part-time lighthouse keeper at Point Hicks and to continue his work with the World Health Organisation.