NT School of Anatomy (NTSoA)

 

The Northern Territory School of Anatomy (NT SOA) was gazetted March 11 2011 under the Northern Territory Transplantation and Anatomy Act 2010. Its primary function is to enable the teaching and learning of anatomy by students of the Northern Territory Medical Program.

The NT SOA comprises a large learning space: the Anatomy Laboratory, a research room, a separate office for staff, and storage rooms. 

The Anatomy Laboratory features high definition projectors and screens, cameras, microphones  and networked computers. This system enables transmission and reception of detailed images and sound for training purposes. The flexible furnishings can be arranged to comfortably accommodate small or large groups for various learning contexts. Students can participate in live and video-conferenced lectures and discussions, and watch concurrent projections of local and remote video and computer-based images. They can also explore a wide array of plastic models, wet specimens and 3D virtual specimens.  Guides to anatomy are available on touch screens positioned conveniently to trolleys holding specimens. A gantry camera allows projection of detailed images of small specimens to people seated around the lab and to other sites.

The NT SOA Technical Officer manages the resources and makes them available to staff and students. Key resources are: preserved prosected specimens, detailed plastic models handmade in Finland, licensed access to VisibleHuman and Anatomedia software though dedicated laptops. 

The NT SOA can enable teaching to remote sites: ceiling cameras coupled with information technology allow transmission of data slides concurrently with images of the lecturer, and a network of microphones picks up speech from anywhere in the room, so questions and discussion from the floor can be projected to other sites. It is expected the NT SOA will be a pivotal resource in the teaching and learning of anatomy in the NT. The research-dedicated space will facilitate study of anatomy at post-graduate levels.

The NT SOA is a secure facility and activities in the anatomy laboratory are controlled under the NT SOA  Code of Conduct.  Entry to the building is under constant video-surveilance and access to the NT SOA is controlled by swipe card.  Induction procedures instruct all users of the NT SOA about security requirements and the Code of Conduct.