Museum of Human Disease Volunteer Program

Museum of Human Disease Volunteer Program

The Museum of Human Disease is a pathology museum at UNSW Australia. The Museum contains over 2,700 specimens of diseased human tissue and plays a key role in the education of medical students at the university. It also attracts over 11,000 external visitors each year to school curriculum and public programs.


  • Museum volunteers help with a wide range of activities.
  • Many help explain the collection to the thousands of school students who visit each year.
  • Some assist in public tours while others guide senior citizen or nursing groups around the Museum.
  • More experienced volunteers (Volunteer Mentors) present to new volunteer groups and help with training. Occasionally office or admin duties are required. No prior medical knowledge is required.

How to get involved

Apply online here. 


  • Volunteer 
  • Volunteer Mentor


Attendance at an evening training session is required. This will introduce volunteers to the museum, explain their role and cover key communication skills. Training is in March, June and September each year. Students must participate in the Museum's volunteer program before doing extra hours under the UNSW Leadership Program.


The Museum is open from 10am - 4pm Monday-Friday. This means volunteers are needed in the January/February period as well as term time. Volunteer 'shifts' are usually 2 hours and volunteers register for shifts online through the Volunteer Local website. The website contains a description of the shifts and the day/time you'll be needed.


Availability of activity

Semester - weekdays, Semester break - weekdays

Type of activity


Provider of activity


Interest area

Tutoring & mentoring

Skills required and/or developed

Academic & scholarly skills, Interpersonal & communication, Leadership, Marketing & PR

Contacts and more information


School of Medical Sciences


Derek Williams, Director, Museum of Human Disease





Instagram: @unswdiseasemuseum


02 9385 1522

For more information about co-curricular activities see UNSW Advantage.