Facility Manager: Les Scott, Philip Makar

Location: Level 5, Room 5E408, Flinders Medical Centre


The College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University, is proud to have one of the best Museums in Australia for the teaching of anatomy. 

The Museum features dissections from the human body that have been carefully prepared and mounted for display by the Museum staff. This dissected material comes from bodies that have kindly been donated by South Australians and forms an essential component in the teaching process. The Museum also houses a variety of anatomical models and charts - some of which have been made here - radiographs and computer based materials. As part of their continuing education, medical students should be fully familiar with human anatomy. You can imagine it would be impossible to repair a cartilage if the surgeon did not know precisely where it was and what surrounds it, or to transplant a kidney without knowing exactly how its blood vessels are connected.

Our Museum is a dynamic place as its material is constantly being used in practical classes for medical students as well as students in other courses including Speech Pathology, Medical Science, Biomedical Engineering, Paramedics and Neuroscience. Between formal classes, students and postgraduates come to learn or revise their anatomy and to gain a full appreciation of the human body in three dimensions. Thanks in large part to the work of the former Senior Technical Officers, Carlos Kordjian and Gregory Souter, the Museum combines its teaching function with some unique displays. An example is a range of artificial hip replacements, showing some of the different types and attachments to the femur.

The teaching function of the dissected human material is enhanced by labelling of the structures, enabling students to check the identification of these structures on a corresponding labelled photograph. Practical classes and the dissection course are held in rooms adjacent to the Museum.


Student Resources available in the Anatomy Museum

A card system cataloguing all the potted specimens in the Museum. The cards state whether there is a labelled photograph of the pot kept in a folder in the Museum. These folders are kept in the central grey cupboards. This catalogue is also available in digital form on the computers in the Anatomy Museum (look for Shortcut to Museum catalogue).

Descriptive cards for the plastic models can be found in the Museum.

X-Rays are available, in the wooden cupboards in the foyer of the dissection room, which have a list of contents on one of the doors.

Posters are available in the wooden cupboards in the foyer of the dissection room and in black folders on top of one of the small cabinets in the museum.

The computers also contain revision material for various Anatomy practicals and for the Dissection Elective (see folders labelled Pracs and Dissection Course).

See Les Scott for access to items that are locked in the cabinets or for advice on where to find materials.