09 December 2016 Jonothan Sculthorpe   | News | Year 10  
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As part of the transition into Stage 6 PDHPE, a select group of year 10 students made the trip to UNSW to visit the Museum of Human Diseases.

Once there, the students were treated to an introduction like no other. After an explanation of the role of the museum, a few case studies were examined regarding human diseases. The finger of a man who died from Melanoma was passed around (in a case), followed by a plaque-clogged artery of a 47 year old smoker. The boys held up well to these confronting specimens.

The next two hours were spent by the group moving around the museum answering questions to a quiz on their phones. The interactivity allowed the boys to view and learn about a variety of diseases and conditions ranging from Diabetes, Heart Disease and Tuberculosis through to genetic disorders and victims of foul play. The specimens all came from people who kindly donated their bodies to science.

The students treated the specimens with respect; acknowledging that they were dealing with human beings.

An aim of the excursion was to highlight the conditions experienced by humans and to allow our students to expand their outlook beyond school. This was helped by the museum volunteers who conversed with the boys regarding their university courses- most of which revolved around medical science.