Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research


The Basil Hetzel Institute of Translational Health Research (the research arm of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital) provided two very different hands-on activities at Science Alive! 2016. A respiratory activity to measure your “forced expiration lung volume” (FEV1s) and help build a standard curve graph based on the results. And the possibility for people to test their surgical skills on two “Fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery box trainers” on loan from The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Using the same type of hand-held “graspers” that are used in keyhole surgery people could test their skills on the “peg transfer” activity. Most people were able to move 3 blocks in one direction in the same time that a trainee surgeon can move 6 blocks in both directions. This year surgeons who operate at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital volunteered at the BHI booth and were able to help people with this task and to answer their questions about surgery. For more information on the Basil Hetzel Institute, visit our website at and to see a few photos from Science Alive! 2017 visit our Facebook page at

Dates & Times for this Exhibitor

  • August 5 - 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • August 6 - 9.00am - 5.00pm
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