Janette Psaroudis | Vice President Region VI (Oceanic-Asean Region)

janette.psaroudis@police.vic.gov.au


Janette holds the degrees of Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Bachelor of Biological Science from La Trobe University, as well as a first class Honours degree in Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Janette has practiced as a Forensic Scientist since 2004, as part of the Biological Sciences Group of the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department (VPFSD), based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The VPFSD was instrumental in initiating the discipline of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) in
Australia, in the late 1980s, and currently retains one of the largest BPA groups in Australia and New Zealand, consisting of approximately 50 BPA authorised staff (sworn and unsworn) at varying levels of experience and training.

 

Janette began her involvement in BPA as a biological examiner in Evidence Recovery, initially assisting experienced BPA examiners in the laboratory and at crime scenes. She discovered an aptitude and ardent interest in the discipline and subsequently completed a number of courses in BPA, including the standard 80 hour BPA course and the advanced fabrics-based BPA course. Janette has worked on hundreds of criminal investigations relating to major crime, including homicides, missing persons, rapes and other violent crimes, and conducts biological examinations and BPA both in the laboratory and as a specialist at crime scenes. Janette has been recognized as an expert in the fields of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, the identification of biological material, DNA interpretation and DNA statistical analysis, and regularly gives expert opinion evidence in courts of law. Janette has delivered training to biologists, fingerprints experts, crime scene members, police, medical examiners and legal personnel in a variety of topics including BPA, DNA and biological examinations, and has instructed at BPA courses, Detective Training School, Field Investigators Courses and the Victorian Police Academy on many occasions.


Janette has been a member of the IABPA since 2012. She is also a committee member of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS - Victorian chapter) and a member of the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG). Janette has been awarded a number of scholarships to attend and present at National and International conferences and symposia. Janette continues to be involved with BPA crime scene investigations and is actively involved in the further development of BPA in Victoria.