About Us

The Department of Anatomy & Histology, February 2016



Anatomy: (ah-nat'o-me)
1. the science of the structure of the animal body and the relation of its parts; it is largely based on dissection, from which it obtains its name.
2. dissection of an organised body.


 Histology: (his-tol'o-je)
that department of anatomy which deals with the minute structure, composition and function of tissues; called also microscopical anatomy.

(Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 25th Edition, W.B. Saunders Company, USA, 1974)

The Department of Anatomy & Histology, in the School of Medicine at the Flinders University, is responsible for teaching Anatomy, Histology and Embryology. We take a modern and innovative approach to teaching Anatomy and related topics in a functional, medically relevant context. The department has taken a leading role in the development of Problem Based Learning in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and continues to make significant contributions to its development and implementation.

Our laboratories carry out cross-disciplinary research mainly in Neuroscience, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems, with a strong emphasis on rigorous quantitative approaches.

To support our Teaching and Research into Human Anatomy, the department - together with the Department of Anatomical Sciences at the University of Adelaide - also participates in a Body Donation Program. This bequeathal program provides incredible advantages to Students and Researchers of both the Medical Schools. It is a much needed and appreciated program, with which Anatomy & Histology is proud to be involved.

The Departmental Office is located on the 6th floor of the Medical Centre, Building E, Room 121 (across from the Human Physiology Office, south of the College Services office and north of Speech Pathology & Audiology).

Anatomy's Laboratories and Teaching Facilities are located in several different areas, with individual Laboratories and Offices predominately located on Level 6, Museum facilities on Level 5, and Microscopy and Histology facilities on Level 4.

We consist of over 20 Academic, Research and Professional staff members and students. Our Head of Department is Professor Rainer Haberberger, who has filled the position since April 2014. 

Morphology: (mor-fol'o-je) the science of the forms of and structure of organised beings.
(Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 25th Edition, W.B. Saunders Company, USA, 1974)

The Department of Human Morphology was our original title, but this was changed during the 1980's to reflect the increasing diversification of the Department, and the need to separate and weight the two very distinctive fields: Anatomy and Histology.