The Victorian Paediatric Medical Service (VFPMS) is a state-wide service providing assessments for children and young people, under 18 years of age, who might have been abused, neglected or assaulted. VFPMS works collaboratively with health professionals, police and Child Protection.
The doctors at VFPMS assess children in relation to concerning injuries they have sustained in order to determine, wherever possible, the cause and mechanism of injury. The child’s health, development, safety, wellbeing and behaviour are also evaluated. Sometimes medical tests and medical imaging are required.
A medical report is written for every child that is assessed by the VFPMS. This is kept as part of the child’s medical record and provided to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and police where necessary.
VFPMS services throughout Victoria are provided using a “hub and spoke” model of care with hubs at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital. A network of doctors and health professionals throughout Victoria provide the service regionally, with support from the VFPMS staff. The service is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.