World class anatomy facility for Notre Dame medical students

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 16-4-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Broome Campus

Publication Place



The School of Medicine at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus (UNDA) has opened a world class anatomy training facility in a joint venture with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

The new laboratory, located in the science faculty of UTS, fully integrates cadaver and surface anatomy training, dissection spaces and integrated multimodal media training. It was designed after extensive investigation of similar facilities in Australia and overseas and is considered to be one of the best anatomy training facilities in the world.

Dean of Medicine, Professor Julie Quinlivan stated that this new project is an extremely successful collaboration between the two universities.

“Staff from UTS have played an important role in helping to deliver basic science into our medical curriculum.

“As a result of this collaboration UNDA Sydney medical students will now have the most comprehensive anatomy training in Australia. Every week they will undertake practical anatomy laboratories, integrated clinical anatomy and imaging lectures in this world class facility,” Professor Quinlivan said.

Notre Dame Director of medical education, Associate Professor, Rodney Petersen, said the University wanted an inclusive anatomy course within the curriculum and a partnership with UTS provided the perfect opportunity to achieve this.

“There has been concern from the medical profession that medical schools in Australia have strayed too far from the core sciences that underlie our understanding of the human body. The new Notre Dame curriculum has reversed this trend and students now have 30 hours a week of training in basic and clinical sciences,” said Associate Professor Petersen.

The two universities will discuss working closely in medical research, particularly in the fields of infectious diseases, forensic anatomy and bridging the link between basic and clinical science research.

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Moira Saunders 02 8204 4407