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Infections

This collection of digital curriculum resources is organised in two categories - causes and spread of infections; and fighting infections. Videos and images provide a historical perspective of human infectious diseases in Australia, including epidemic events and drug and vaccine development. Learning objects explore the ...

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Epidemic diseases in 19th- and 20th-century Australia

This collection of digital curriculum resources is organised into eight disease categories - influenza; tuberculosis; diphtheria; poliomyelitis; smallpox; whooping cough; measles; and bubonic plague. Some of these occurred in huge epidemics such as the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918-19. Some, such as bubonic plague, ...

Interactive Resource

Defence Mechanisms of the Body

This resource consists of 3 sets of automated illustrated slides with voice over presenting detailed information about the bodies defence against pathogens and examples of diseases and their pathogens.

Interactive resource

Aches and pains: colds and flu

Look at how colds affect people over a week or more; two to three weeks for flu. Find out which viruses cause colds and flu, and how people develop immunity. Learn how the viruses spread, and how symptoms can be helped. Test your knowledge by answering multiple-choice questions. This learning object is one in a series of ...

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Cartoon depicting the Melbourne Plague, 1900

This black-and-white cartoon, published on 19 May 1900, depicts the outbreak of the bubonic plague in Melbourne by using imagery and a stanza from Shakespeare's play 'Hamlet'. A seven-line quotation from Act I Scene IV is printed below the image. The drawing shows two contemporary Melbourne figures, Dr John Elkington and ...

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'Immunisation. Goodbye to the plague', 1989 - asset 1

This is a clip from an educational film produced for the Department of Community Services and Health that was released in 1989 by the Australian Government to promote the benefits of immunisation. The 12-minute colour film is narrated by an actor in the role of an elderly man describing a range of diseases and infections ...

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'Immunisation. Goodbye to the plague', 1989 - asset 5

This is a clip from an educational film produced for the Department of Community Services and Health that was released in 1989 by the Australian Government to promote the benefits of immunisation. The 12-minute colour film is narrated by an actor in the role of an elderly man describing a range of diseases and infections ...

Video

'Immunisation. Goodbye to the plague', 1989 - asset 6

This is a clip from an educational film produced for the Department of Community Services and Health that was released in 1989 by the Australian Government to promote the benefits of immunisation. The 12-minute colour film is narrated by an actor in the role of an elderly man describing a range of diseases and infections ...

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'Immunisation. Goodbye to the plague', 1989 - asset 8

This is a clip from an educational film produced for the Department of Community Services and Health that was released in 1989 by the Australian Government to promote the benefits of immunisation. The 12-minute colour film is narrated by an actor in the role of an elderly man describing a range of diseases and infections ...

Video

'Immunisation. Goodbye to the plague', 1989 - asset 9

This is a clip from an educational film produced for the Department of Community Services and Health that was released in 1989 by the Australian Government to promote the benefits of immunisation. The 12-minute colour film is narrated by an actor in the role of an elderly man describing a range of diseases and infections ...

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Diary of a young female immigrant to Queensland, 1863-64 - part 1 of 3

This is a double-page extract (pp 93-94, covering part of Monday 1 February through to Thursday 5 February 1864) from the shipboard diary of 15-year-old immigrant Maria Steley. The extract deals with experiences on board the Ariadne as it arrived at Moreton Bay, Queensland, after a voyage from Liverpool, England, including ...

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'Vaccination Day in Port Mackay!', 1877

This black-and-white pen-and-ink sketch depicts vaccinations against smallpox in Mackay, Queensland, in 1877. In the sketch the local public health officer, who appears to be shouting, wields a large knife and is about to vaccinate a fearful child on his lap. The child's mother holds the child's arm while it screams. A ...

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Relenza Zanamivir influenza drug, 2004

These are packaged doses of the Relenza Zanamivir influenza drug, with an inhaler, a white screw-cap plastic bottle and a blue-and-white cardboard storage box, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Australia, in 2004. The bottle originally held five rotadisk blister packages of Relenza, each holding four doses of Relenza in ...

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Four children after smallpox vaccination, St Margaret Island, c1910

This is a black-and-white photograph taken on St Margaret Island in Gippsland in about 1910. Four children stand near a wooden fence with a house and trees in the background. The children are all rugged up in big coats and hats after having received their smallpox vaccinations, probably from the photographer himself, the ...

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Urinal from time of Melbourne's first sewerage system, c1900

This video features curator David Crotty talking about a urinal in Museum Victoria's collection. He also explores the history surrounding the introduction of Melbourne's first sewerage stystem. The urinal was installed in about 1900. This video includes photographs and artwork from that time, and its duration is 1 min 30 sec.

Teacher resource

Malaria - preventable and treatable?

This is a compilation of three teaching sequences about the symptoms, treatment and preventative measures associated with malaria. It introduces this health issue and provides ideas and activities for classroom use. It uses spatial technologies and other digital resources including an interactive quiz, games, maps, animations ...

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Fighting infection with vaccines

Explore historical and modern efforts to battle human infectious diseases. Watch re-enactments of the experiments of Edward Jenner, who pioneered vaccination, and of Louis Pasteur's work showing how microbes cause infection. Peer down the microscope to see the microbial world that wreaks havoc on human health. Learn about ...

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EnviroNorth: grazing in the tropical savannas

This is a multilayered website about cattle grazing in Australia's tropical savannas. It has a particular focus on the economic and sustainability aspects of the cattle industry. The five different sections of the resource provide detailed information about grazing in the tropical savannas; the industry outlook; the slaughter, ...

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Feverish activity stops dengue's spread

Why have the number of cases of dengue fever in Australia quadrupled in recent years? The disease is spread by mosquitoes, so will injecting the 'Wolbachia' bacterium into mosquitoes solve the problem? Follow the scientists on the case.

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Why vaccinate?

The human immune system's role is to deal with the threat of infection. However, sometimes the immune system fails to stop an infection that can lead to disease. Vaccines are used to prevent some diseases. Discover how a vaccine helps the immune system respond to the threat of infection. Find out why vaccination is a controversial ...