David Wells was head of forensic medicine at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) in Australia for 19 years, following his appointment in 1995. He is currently an associate professor in the department of forensic medicine at Monash University in Melbourne and has held a similar role in the department of pediatrics. Dr. Wells also developed the international post-graduate program in forensic medicine at Monash University.
While he retains a role at the VIFM and continues to teach undergraduate and post graduate medicine at Monash, Dr. Wells is also a consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. His work has included the development of forensic medical services in Africa and the Palestinian Occupied Territories, developing responses to domestic violence (Pacific Region), and working on a global project for the WHO aimed at assisting victims of sexual violence that occurs during periods of armed conflict and identifying perpetrators of those crimes.