Forensic Foundations Pty Ltd provides consultancy, auditing and training programs for practitioners working in the scientific and/or legal domains.
Forensic Foundations operates in all discipline areas (not just the traditional forensic sciences / CSI), focusing on quality management and the interface between discipline knowledge and the legal system.
Our clients include:
Forensic service providers – all disciplines not just forensic science;
Manufacturers of DNA products;
Legal firms and agencies.
Our work can be very broadly divided into the following areas (however if your interest is not listed, this does not mean we don’t or can’t provide assistance to you):
Educational and training services
Quality Management services
Forensic Foundations’ Quality System
Forensic Foundations has established a robust quality management program to ensure that we consistently deliver flexible fit-for-purpose forensic programs to our clients aligned to our Quality Policy.
Forensic Foundations’ Quality Policy
The Management and Staff of Forensic Foundations are committed to and focused on supporting the justice system as a whole and the individuals involved within the system, through the provision of flexible and fit-for-purpose forensic training, quality management, proficiency testing (complying with ISO 17043) and consultancy services.
The Management and Staff are committed to satisfying all applicable requirements and to continually improving the Risk Management and Quality Management Systems.
Forensic Foundations comprises a core and an extensive network of experienced practitioners (specialists in multiple fields, legal practitioners, academics, etc) on which to draw. With a specific brief, Forensic Foundations forms a tightly focused team tailored for your exact needs, reducing time, resources and cost.
The core comprises:
Director – Anna Davey B.Sc. (Hons) (Melb), M.Sc. (Melb), Grad Dip Legal Studies (UNE), Grad Cert Pub Sec Mgmt (Flinders), Cert IV CBT (Barton)
In 1988, Anna was employed by the then State Forensic Science Laboratory as part of a small team formed to introduce DNA profiling to Victoria for criminal casework. By 1994, she was Team Leader and had developed an interest in education and training in forensic science. In 1997, Anna moved from casework to lead the ‘Quality Management, Education and Information Services’ team.
From 2000 – 2004, Anna held the position of Executive Officer of the National Institute of Forensic Science and in 2004, was appointed Deputy Director. She acted as Director of the Institute for seven months in 2003/4 and 12 months in 2007/8.
In 2008, Anna Davey founded Forensic Foundations, a specialised service aimed at assisting practitioners entering the forensic arena or looking to broaden and deepen their skills. In 2010, Anna completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies at the University of New England.
Anna operates in all areas of the forensic sciences, focusing on quality management, the interface between science and the legal system, and forensic science based R&D. She brings an unequalled depth of knowledge and experience to these subjects.
Anna is the immediate past Vice President (Australia) of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) and was a Council Member of Victorian Chapter of the Australian Academy of Forensic Science (2016-8).
Manager, Auditing and Compliance – Maritta Parsell B.App.Sc. (Monash)
Maritta has extensive knowledge of forensic science and auditing techniques. Maritta oversees the auditing portion of Forensic Foundations. Her work involves the management and auditing to ISO 18385.
Dale oversees our internal quality programs including ISO9001 certification and ISO17043 accreditation. Dale is also involved with the design, delivery and assessment of Forensic Foundations’ Proficiency Tests.
Manager, Proficiency Tests– Ben Davey B.Sc. (Monash)
Ben oversees and manages the design, delivery and assessment of Forensic Foundations’ Proficiency Tests. Ben also manages the on-line resources and is involved with on-line and face-to-face delivery of training material.
Our extensive network of subcontractor / consultants includes:
legal practitioners (practicing and academic) in each state and territory;
scientists (currently practicing, recently retired from full time work, laboratory based, university based);
medical practitioners, nurses, social workers, IT professionals, accountants, etc etc etc.
Discipline Specific Experts
Discipline Specific Advisors
Forensic Foundations is supported by an outstanding team of Discipline Specific Experts to help design, create and assess our Proficiency Test program.
Professor Paul Kirkbride Professor of Forensic Science, Flinders University
Ian Forrester Fingerprint Consultancy Australasia
John McGinn Document Examination Solutions
Tonya Trubshoe Document Examination Solutions
Professor Claude Roux School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Technology Sydney
Dr Sebastien Moret School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Technology Sydney
Dr Romain Steiner School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Technology Sydney
Professor Simon Lewis Faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtain University
Dr Georgina Sauzier Faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtain University
Dr Sally Coulson ESR Mt Albert Science Center
Kari Pitts Chem Centre
Pam Scott Forensic Foundations
Cliff Frost Forensic Foundations
The forensic process comprises three overlapping domains
Forensic Foundations works in all three domains to deliver
flexible and fit-for-purpose forensic programs.
Forensic Foundations’ Vision
Our vision is for forensic Foundations to be the leading Australian provider of professional
development services and quality management tools for professionals who participate in the legal process
Forensic Foundations’ Quality Policy
The management and Staff of Forensic Foundations are committed to and focused on supporting the justice system as a whole and the individuals involved within the system, through the provision of flexible and fit-for-purpose forensic training, quality management, proficiency testing (accredited to ISO 17043) and consultancy services.
The management and Staff are committed to satisfying all applicable requirements and to continually improving the Risk Management and Quality Management Systems.
Forensic Foundations’ Mission Statement
Providing flexible and fit-for-purpose forensic:
Quality management programs; and
Targeting both legal and other professionals who interact with the criminal. civil and coronial justice systems
Forensic Foundations’ Reporting Framework
Forensic Foundations’ Business Plans
The Strategic Plan is implemented in conjunction with annual Business Plans which describe the activities of Forensic Foundations under four headings:
Building the business
– Financial sustainability and growth;
– Identification and engagement of stakeholders and collaborators; and
– Marketing the business
– Face to face; and
– Online (tutes@forensicfoundations)
Quality management programs
– Maintenance & development of the internal quality management systems; and
– Maintenance & development of the external proficiency testing scheme
– External auditing; and
– Other consultancies including case review.