General public visits
T H I N G S T O C O N S I D E R
- Some individuals, children and cultural groups may be sensitive to the display of real human tissue. Please consider the suitability of this material when planning your visit.
- No photography permitted inside the Museum
- No food or drinks permitted inside the Museum.
D O W N L O A D O U R A P P
As part of your entry, we will provide you with free access to the Museum of Human Disease app. This app has the clinical history of many of the specimens in our collection, separated into disease processes.
The Museum of Human Disease welcomes thousands of High School students every year. Our acclaimed programs are syllabus-based and designed in conjunction with UNSW Academics and Pathologists.
W O R K S H E E T S
Once your visit is confirmed, we will send you PDF worksheets to be printed for your students. We offer online worksheets for HSC Biology - Infectious and Non-Infectious Disease and Junior Science programs if this is preferred. This online worksheet is delivered through the Socrative Student application which can be downloaded for iPhones and iPads, Android Devices and Google Devices.
After your visit, you will be sent PDF answer sheets. If your group is using Socrative Student, we will provide an export of their answers, including the group results as a table and individual results for you to provide to your students after their visit.
F O R M A T
Each one of our programs begin with a 30-40 minute presentation, facilitated by our Museum staff. Our presentations are interactive and call on the students to actively participate. These presentations introduce students to the Museum and provide them with an introduction to macroscopic pathology, including analysing changes in an organs' size, texture, colour and shape. Inside the Museum, students will have access to UNSW Medicine and Medical Science student volunteers to assist them in understanding our comprehensive collection.
Hereditary and Genetic Change - This 25 minute presentation revises the fundamentals of genetics, including nomenclature, transcription, translation and the nature of inheritance. Inside the Museum, the students will work their way through 8 stations which focus on various topics, including inheritance, mutations, CRISPR and DNA plasmid design.
Infectious and Non-Infectious Disease - This 45 minute presentation covers three key disease processes, cirrhosis (alcohol and viral hepatitis induced cirrhosis), atherosclerosis (smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise induced) and tuberculosis (bacterial infection). Inside the Museum, students work through 24 multiple choice, short response and extended case-based questions. These questions focus on pathogens, adaptations of pathogens, epidemiology and public health.
Australia's Health Priorities - This 45 minute presentation covers the topics covered in the HSC Biology - Modules 7 & 8 presentation. However the emphasis is on lifestyle choices and their effect on the body. In the Museum students work through a range of multiple choice, short response and extended response questions. These questions focus on lifestyle, non-infectious disease and drug use.
Depth Study Primer - This 30 minute presentation covers the scientific process and what makes a reliable study. The presentation then shifts to the value of case studies in Science and how case studies can inform our understanding in Science. Inside the Museum students are given the freedom to pick a disease, case or organ to begin forming the skeleton of a case study. We have a developed a scaffolded program that enables students to begin their research on their topic. We provide case histories, macroscopic descriptions and pathology knowledge to ensure students find a topic they are genuinely interested in. At the end of the visit, teachers will be given access to valuable resources, including a marking rubric designed in conjunction with UNSW Academic Pathologists.
Infectious and Non-Infectious Disease and the History of Medicine - This 35 minute presentation focuses on the changes in medicine through the years. This includes discussions on the use of leeches and trepanning, the evolution of cigarette smoking and our understanding, infectious diseases and hygiene. Inside the Museum students work through a range of multiple choice and short response questions focusing on the history of disease, our changing understanding of disease and hygiene.
Teacher Professional Development Days
Our 2019 teachers Professional Development days will focus on new research applicable to Investigating Science and the new Biology Syllabus. Our tentative dates are: Friday 5th July & 26th and 27th of September.
More information will be made available through the "events" tab.