COLLOQUIUM: A MEDICAL MUSEUM FOR AUCKLAND
In May 2018 AMMT hosted a meeting to discuss the future and format of a medical museum in Auckland, attended by representatives from medical museums and collections from around New Zealand. Dr Simon Chaplin, Director of Culture and Society, Wellcome Trust (London) was the keynote speaker. Other key attendees and speakers were from Ngāti Whātua, Auckland Heart of the City, Auckland Museum, MOTAT, and ADHB along with presentations from those with experience of managing medical museums/collections.
Conclusions from the meeting indicated public interest and support for an institution that would play the role of a medical museum: this aligned clearly with presentations by Simon Chaplin and Auckland Museum in terms of the role of museums today, as places that are society oriented, interactive and educational. Such institutions do not necessarily need to occupy a physical space nor take on the role of collecting, cataloguing, storing and generally looking after physical objects. AMMT is now thinking through the conclusions and issues raised during the meeting and considering how to move forward with an approach that will be strategic and sustainable long term.
Heart to Heart – Cardiology in New Zealand
On the 28 November 2017 more than 100 Aucklanders had the unique opportunity to listen and respond to presentations about the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease from acknowledged experts in the field.
Prof Rob Doughty began by bravely sharing with the audience how it felt to suddenly realise he was having a heart attack and the conflicting emotions thereby aroused.
Prof John Ormiston next outlined the extraordinary progress of percutaneous treatment of coronary artery disease and heart attacks.
Dr Boris Lowe described the new technologies which allow visualization of the heart and great blood vessels in stunning detail and provide the evidential base from which to launch new interventions.
We have been tardy to confront the reality of rheumatic heart disease in New Zealand but Assoc Prof Nigel Wilson highlighted the new prevention and treatment initiatives he and coworkers are actively disseminating.
Finally, Assoc Prof Malcolm Legget gave a glimpse into the future where genetic diagnosis and manipulations promise to have a huge impact in Cardiology.
Judged by the amount of visitors who came and the many audience questions, this evening was a resounding success and supports future similar sessions.
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