Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services (FSS)
Our scientists offer highly specialised analytical services and expert advice in the complex fields of Public Health Science and Forensic Science. Scientifically diverse, our organisation has cutting-edge capabilities in chemical analysis, environmental health, health physics, communicable diseases (microbiology), forensic pathology, DNA analysis, and forensic medicine. Australia’s most extensive public health and health-related environmental laboratories are here at FSS. We pioneer and apply techniques to help protect people and the environment from exposure to potentially dangerous microbiological and chemical contaminants. We have Queensland’s highest level containment laboratory, allowing us to safely handle dangerous microbiological materials.We offer customized analytical, research, interpretive advice and consultation services in health investigations, environmental contaminants, food and nutritional analysis, and water quality. Science is a versatile and enormously powerful tool for gathering evidence and determining fact. Committed to supporting police, the coroner and the delivery of justice, our forensic scientists offer sophisticated forensic analysis of exhibits and samples, impartial, expert evidence and advice to the criminal justice system, identification of deceased missing persons and victims of large scale disasters, post-mortem examinations to determine circumstances of sudden death, forensic medical examinations. FSS sets the benchmark for other jurisdictions in DNA analysis. We lead the way in using CT scanning in forensic pathology. We are taking the lead role in establishing the National Criminal Intelligence DNA Database (NCIDD) making DNA identification easier.
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- Research Organisation
At Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services more than 450 talented scientists, technicians and other staff are hard at work.Take a closer look. You’ll find we’re working in diverse ways to improve health care for Queenslanders. You’ll find us keeping our dwindling water supplies safe and healthy. You’ll find us uncovering ways to be a step ahead of drug makers.You’ll find us ready to respond when you need us. Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services (FSS) is a hub of co-located laboratories at Coopers Plains in Brisbane. We are ready to respond to civil emergencies, crime and potential threats to our health, environment and our economy with tailor-made, smart scientific solutions.
Our scientists are highly awarded, internationally published and many hold adjunct appointments with universities. We have a deep commitment to quality. FSS holds many national and international accreditations and certifications including ISO 17025 certification and National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation.
FSS is working smarter, embracing proven new technology and exploring valid new science to stay at the leading edge of scientific advancement. We recognise a vibrant and supportive research and development program is critical to our continued growth as a leading scientific organisation. Located on our campus is The National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology, (EnTox). The centre addresses the need for national and international research into human environmental toxicology. EnTox is a joint venture of the University of Queensland and Queensland Health. We are a founding partner in the Queensland Smart Forensics Project that is set to deliver groundbreaking innovation in DNA analysis, forensic chemistry, forensic toxicology, forensic pathology, biometrics, statistics, information technology, criminalistics and environmental disciplines. FSS is entering a new generation of evidence management, presentation and certainty, field analysis and ethics and standards best placed to respond to the future needs of courts.
Through Queensland Health, FSS works collaboratively with the Queensland Police Service, Justice Department, Natural Resources and Water, and the Department of Mines and Energy. Our services are available nationally and internationally. Our clients include the CSIRO, Department of Defence, Department of Health and Ageing and the World Health Organisation.
From 2009, our campus at Coopers Plains will become the focal point of the Knowledge Based Research Business (KBRB) Health and Food Sciences Precinct. A joint Queensland Government and CSIRO initiative, the precinct will be the first of its kind in Australia, and offering a mix of diverse scientific services on our campus unique in the world. The KBRB will deliver unmatched facilities and a critical mass of leading researchers, creating ways to help people live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.
|Contact person||Greg Shaw|
|Address||PO Box 594|
|City/Suburb||Archerfield QLD 4108 Australia|
|Phone||+61 7 3274 9111|
|Fax||+61 7 3274 9119|