The Medico-Legal Society of Victoria

General Meeting

Staff Sergeant Rod Anderson APM

Friday September 6th 2019

Print Friendly
Lyceum Club, 2-18 Ridgeway Place, Melbourne
Dress: Lounge suit
Drinks served 6.30 pm, Presentation 7.00 pm, followed by Dinner

‘MH17 and the DVI Process’

will be presented by

Staff Sergeant Rod Anderson APM

Unfortunately Sir Angus has been called away on business and will no longer be able to speak on the evening.  However, the presentation will proceed and be given by Station Sergeant Anderson, who not only was intimately involved in the investigation but has presented with Sir Angus on this topic previously, including at The Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference.


Station Sergeant Rod Anderson APM, joined the Australian Federal Police in 1990 and, after recruit training, was deployed to City Police Station in Canberra where he performed uniform duties as well as working in Communications, Beats and the Accident Investigation Section, investigating serious & fatal motor vehicle collisions.  To date he has held many different roles with the AFP Canberra and its surrounding region.


Disaster Victim Identification, or “DVI”, is the method used to identify victims of mass casualty incidents, either man-made or natural.  In July 2014, Station Sergeant Anderson was deployed to the Malaysian Airlines MH17 aircraft crash in the Ukraine, where he performed the role of DVI Forward Commander.  As part of this operation he coordinated the recording, packaging and repatriation of human remains from the Ukraine to the Netherlands.  He then coordinated the site search effort involving Australian, Netherlands and Malaysian police and support resources.  Following the search Phase, Station Sergeant Anderson remained in the position of DVI Forward Commander and oversaw Australia’s DVI operations in the Netherlands.


Acceptances not yet open

The charge to Members for the meeting is set on a "cost recovery" basis.

Acceptances close Monday 2nd September - As seating is limited please accept online as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Members may bring guests who need not be legal or medical practitioners.



Mr Ian Rose
Hon. Legal Secretary

Tel: (03) 9645 1597 or 0419 551 362

Dr Raphael Kuhn
Hon. Medical Secretary

Tel: 0419 399 719