For Teachers

Teacher PD

The Museum offers a range of professional development opportunities for teachers.  All our PD is BOSTES accredited for 6 hours per day.  Here are the dates for our teacher professional development days for 2015;

PDHPE - February 27th Details and registration

Senior Science - April 1st

Biology -  April 2nd

And a pre-registration form is here.

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Teacher Internships

In 2015 we will offer teacher internship placements in the Museum during the school holiday breaks starting in January.  Our internships are opportunities for experienced teachers to draw on the university's research, knowledge and personnel to help produce quality teaching programs and resources. 

For teachers who would like to stay on campus during their internship we have rooms available in the UNSW village apartments.

Download an information and application page here

Education Programs

School excursions

Students love visiting the Museum of Human Disease. Not only does the Museum offer a range of curriculum linked tour options for education groups, but it is full of interesting and confronting specimens that keep students' attention. Watch our video to see why you should visit us.

Group tours consist of a content-specific introductory lecture and worksheets to guide students through the Museum experience. Teachers need to be aware that students will be viewing real human tissue specimens. Excursion programs and resources for a range of different visitor groups are available here.

Virtual classroom

The Museum offers a range of video conference experiences for schools.  Focussed on health science topics in the Australian Curriculum, our video conferences provide classes with highly interactive experiences that can't be replicated in the classroom.

Topics and formats range from researchers talking about their work, to virtual museum tours and dissections. Click here for more details or to book a video conference.

Special Schools Events

Brain Awareness Week offers hands-on activities and access to experts in brain function, anatomy and development. This workshop is only for junior science students and books out extremely fast. So download the information and registration form NOW!

Education Resources

The following resources have been developed by staff at UNSW and the Museum of Human Disease. We send teachers new resources as we produce them, so please email us if you'd like to receive our newsletters. We want to make our resources as useful as possible, so please send us your feedback and suggestions for future resources.


Interactive images of diseaseA web resource with twenty interactive images of Museum specimens, complete with definitions, pathology and clinical information.  Produced by the museum and academic staff within the School of Medical Science (Department of Pathology), some images have clickable hotspots to identify characteristics within the specimen. 

Now available as an iOS device app in Full or Light versions

Online microscopy - A resource for teachers containing links and information for zoomable virtual slides of blood, blood vessels, kidney, lung, skin, nerve, the eye and mitotic cells in an onion root tip.

UNSW embryology - A website with images and comprehensive information about embryology, developed by anatomist Dr Mark Hill from UNSW

Adaptive tutorials - Formative online activities developed by museum staff, addressing syllabus-linked content for science students. Please note: These online activities must be opened using the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.