Welcome

Dr Zaf Khouri with the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy receiving his ONZM for services to forensic odontology, at Government House 2017 (image provided by Woolf Photography).

The NZSFO membership consists of dentists and dental specialists, complemented by a good number of associate members including pathologists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental therapists and dental technicians.

 

Members undertake the full range of forensic odontology services, including:

  • Identification of deceased individuals;
  • Mass disaster identifications (Disaster Victim Identification);
  • Biological age estimation;
  • Oro-facial injury assessment;
  • Bitemark analysis;
  • Assisting with crime and crime scene interpretation;
  • Expert witness testimony in criminal and civil cases;
  • Facial reconstruction (now called facial approximation) from skeletal remains;
  • Assessment of ancestry, sex and age from skeletal remains.

 

An elected Executive which is headed by the President (Dr Chris Brooks) oversees the Society‚Äôs activities.

 

The Executive includes a member who is part of the NZ Police National Disaster Victim Identification Team. That individual is available for immediate deployment nationally or internationally as part of the NZ government's first response team.

 

Around the country Regional Coordinators provide Police and Coroners with local points of contact, thereby facilitating timely access to appropriately qualified and experienced practitioners - often the same day a need arises.

 

The NZSFO is an active organisation, focused on member support, continuing education, and excellence in service delivery. If you have any enquiries, or wish to join the Society, please contact us or download a Membership Application form.

 

Please read the NZSFO IOFOS statement here.

 

ONLINE PAYMENT OF ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS IS AVAILABLE NOW IN THE MEMBERS' SECTION.