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Cactus, 1986: 'It has to be removed'

This clip shows the inner turmoil felt by Colo (Isabelle Huppert) after learning that she may lose her sight unless she has an urgent operation. Instantly rebuffing the ultimatum from her eye specialist (Sean Scully) to have her left eye removed or to lose her sight completely, Colo returns to a house in the countryside ...


Dr Victor Chang's artificial heart valve, 1991

This enlarged colour photograph shows the artificial heart valve pioneered by Dr Victor Chang (Yam Him). Known as the St Vincent's Heart Valve, it is seen from the front and shows a pivoting disc surrounded by a thin metal exterior. It is held between gloved fingertips in front of what appears to be a diagnostic computerised ...

Interactive resource

Fiona Wood

This is a student resource in slideshow format about Western Australian plastic and reconstructive surgeon Fiona Wood and her groundbreaking work with burns victims. Text on screen describes her background, the research that led to a spray-on skin repair technique and the work of her team at Royal Perth Hospital in treating ...


Big Girls Don't Cry, 2002: A new kidney

This clip uses a series of interviews intercut with family photographs that tell the story of Mariah and the effect of kidney disease on her and her family. Her parents, Angie and David, recollect their experience of Mariah's illness, dialysis and the news of a possible transplant. Photographs of Mariah and her parents ...


Big Girls Don't Cry, 2002: Wouldn't change a thing

This clip shows Mariah nine years after receiving a donor kidney. The clip opens with an image of the newspaper article that told of 'Mariah's second chance'. A dissolve reveals 10-year-old Mariah talking with her mother about her karate trophies and then playing ball with her family. Her father is shown taking her to the ...


'Colonel Edward 'Weary' Dunlop and Captain Jacob Markowitz working on a thigh operation, Chungkai', 1946

This oil painting shows Colonel Edward 'Weary' Dunlop and Captain Jacob Markowitz performing an operation in the Chungkai prisoner-of-war camp hospital in Thailand during the Second World War. The 'hospital' is made from bamboo and attap (jungle greenery) and lined with mosquito netting. Dunlop is the taller of the surgeons ...


Billal, 1996: 'Life upside down'

This clip shows the effects of an acquired brain injury (ABI) on Billal Etter and his family. To the sound of haunting background music, a surgeon in a Sydney hospital describes Billal's symptoms and his next operation. Billal then talks about what the operation will involve and says he wants to be able to go home. The ...


If Only, 2003: Shooting straight

This clip shows Cos telling the story of how his eyesight was restored through a cataract operation, enabling him to successfully resume his sport of competition rifle-shooting. A split screen is used to combine footage of Cos in interview with footage of his eye examination and later at the rifle range. An amusing scene ...

Interactive resource

Aches and pains: breaks and fractures

Find out what human bones are made of and why they sometimes break. Learn how the body repairs broken bones, and how healing can be helped with slings or fibreglass casts. Learn about different types of breaks such as a 'greenstick fracture' and 'stress fracture'. Test your knowledge by matching words with their meanings. ...


'Red' Sheedy remembers 'Weary' Dunlop, 2006

This is a sound recording of 86-year-old Redmond ('Red') Sheedy, who was a medical orderly among Australian prisoners of war (POWs) sent by their Japanese captors to work on construction of the Thai-Burma railway during the Second World War (1939-45). Sheedy describes the severe lack of medical supplies available for treatments. ...


Gus Nossal describes his most noted medical research, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Sir Gustav Nossal describing the medical research for which he became internationally known. He outlines his contributions to the emerging science of immunology in the 1950s-70s, and how other researchers have been able to make further discoveries based on his initial work. The recording ...


Bill Griffiths remembers 'Weary' Dunlop, 2006

This is an edited sound recording of former British Royal Air Force man Bill Griffiths, who lost both hands and both eyes in 1942 while a prisoner of the Japanese in the Second World War (1939-45) on the island of Java in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). He is remembering the Australian surgeon, Sir Edward Ernest ...

Teacher resource

DonateLife: the gift of life

This is a learning sequence that investigates the processes, ethical considerations and potential benefits of organ and tissue donation in Australia, and analyses the manner in which these benefits are presented to the general public. It includes links to a number of short videos as well as an interactive, annotated diagram ...

Teacher resource

DonateLife: have the conversation

This is a learning sequence that investigates the ethical considerations and potential benefits of organ and tissue donation in Australia, and engages students in the preparation of information about the donation and transplantation processes, including the use of digital technologies. It includes links to a number of web ...


The Conversation - issues concerning self and identity - organ donation

This resource contains a series of articles about organ donation, including ethical consideration of the role of family; research methods available to increase donor rates; and examples from other countries (e.g. Spain) that have high organ donation rates. It can be used to consider a wide range of issues, evidence, and ...