Pathology museum

Housing specimens covering the pathological processes of human body systems

The FA Hadley Museum holds a unique collection of 3500 specimens used to educate medical, nursing and science undergraduate and postgraduate students, and assists in training specialist pathologists to improve their understanding of mechanisms of disease and diagnostic pathology. As the museum is open to the public (strictly by booking only), school groups and members of the community are among the many guests to visit this unique resource.

The main display area contains the top 250 representative samples that depict common conditions and topics a student of basic pathology should know. The remaining five rooms are more detailed and contain rare specimens, as well as multiple specimens for each condition, covering various ways diseases can present in individuals.

Each specimen is displayed with an anonymous clinical history respecting the origins of the tissue. This ensures the museum shares stories that promote valuable insights while preserving the integrity of the specimens.

The School continues to develop the FA Hadley Museum to promote student and public understanding of pathological processes and the importance of pathology in the delivery of healthcare and in the identification and treatment of disease.

The museum's online Pathology Education and Learning Centre uses pathology promote health, providing information on a range of diseases and other health risks caused by smoking, excessive use of alcohol and obesity.

As custodians of the museum UWA goes to great lengths to preserve and ensure the integrity of the specimens, by respecting the origins of the tissue. In the clinical histories lies the story behind each specimen. The museum serves as a way to share those stories while respecting the privacy of the donors.

The FA Hadley Museum recognises Frederick Augustus Hadley F.R.C.S. who was instrumental in establishing the museum in 1959.

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3500+ specimens

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One of the largest collections in Australia

Access to a virtual pathology laboratory to explore radiology, clinical biochemistry and anatomical pathology

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Searchable online specimen catalogue

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Touchscreens with high resolution photographs

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Open by arrangement to students and the public.

Contact Museum Curator Jacob Kenny

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