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Anatomical and surgical skills

Anatomical and Surgical Skills Laboratory

Our Anatomical and Surgical Skills Laboratory (ASSL) is a custom-built facility that enables surgeons and trainee surgeons to experience new or existing procedures in a realistic surgical environment.

The laboratory is equipped with an extensive range of surgical instruments and technical equipment, providing a seamless transition directly to the operating theatre.

Experienced surgical skills laboratory staff work at the laboratory, using equipment including:

  • six  surgical workstations
  • LED theatre lights at each workstation
  • main workstation equipped with surgical HD camera
  • two-way video and audio communication with seminar room
  • surgical drills and saws
  • laparoscopy and arthroscopy equipment
  • washing and autoclave facilities
  • two x-rays (C-Arm with image intensifier and fluoroscopy capabilities)
  • CT scanner.

The facilities also include:

  • 35-seat seminar room with AV
  • Video conferencing capabilities
  • 10-seat small meeting room
  • onsite parking.

High school anatomy education

Our high school engagement program offers a unique anatomy experience for Year 11 and 12 students. The sessions can be designed to focus on the student syllabus to reinforce and improve their classroom knowledge.

Anatomy education for professionals

Our anatomy education sessions are designed to meet the needs of health care professionals including paramedics, medical staff and healthcare workers. Sessions can range from basic human anatomy to tailored courses meet your specific needs.

Continuing professional education

We have designed a comprehensive, 14-week General Surgical Anatomy Course (GSAC) that enables prevocational doctors to further enhance their knowledge of anatomy with hands-on education. The course is primarily for prevocational doctors preparing for the General Surgical Skills Exam, but it is open to prevocational doctors from other specialties and relevant allied health professionals.

The GSAC is accredited by RACS.

The course focuses on specific regions of the body through:

  • osteology
  • arthrology
  • myology
  • clinical anatomy
  • surface anatomy
  • surgical approaches
  • radiology
  • clinical case studies.

Experienced clinical anatomists and leading surgeons lead sessions using wet prosected specimens and fresh frozen donors to demonstrate various surgical approaches in neurology and the head and neck, thorax, abdominal, intra-pelvic, shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand, hip/pelvis, knee, ankle/foot and back/spine regions.

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