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After many years spent working in health education, the team at Dynatomy Productions Ltd had received constant feedback from students on the need for a more simple and meaningful way to teach gross human musculoskeletal anatomy. Our vision is to be at the leading edge of applied anatomy, with fully interactive animations that make anatomy “come alive” for students, educators and practitioners. The key principles that are emphasised in our programmes are movement and interaction. Our vision resulted in our first CD, Dynatomy-Muscles. This CD covered muscle attachments, actions, and related structures. Our next CD, Dynatomy-Joints focused on the joints of the human body. Detailed interactive animations of the joints showed their structure, movements and related tissues. The Dynatomy-Muscles CD was a finalist in the education category of the TUANZ awards in October 2004.  It was also one of three nominations for the CRAFT award sponsored by UK Trade and Investment. This award is judged from all finalists in all of the twelve categories. The latest developments in this project have seen the programme go online through this website www.dynatomy.biz. Hence Dynatomy is now available 24/7 through any computer with an internet connection. Furthermore this mode of delivery enables the content to be updated easily which has made the CD option redundant.

Heather Clark

Press Articles - Interactive Program for Anatomy Students

New Zealand Herald, September 4, 2001
A lecturer’s interactive anatomical program is set to make learning more interesting for students in the Auckland University of Technology’s health faculty. Senior anatomy lecturer Heather Clark has designed a new computer program as a study tool. As well as showing animated drawings of various regions of the body, the program allows layers to be peeled back to reveal the relationship between the muscles, nerves, bones and joints. “I’ve been teaching anatomy for a long time now and know where students have problems”, says Ms Clark. “One of the main difficulties students have with anatomy is the visualisation of structures and their movements and I think this program will assist this”. The program was designed with physiotherapy students in mind, but Ms Clark says it will be helpful for other students who require anatomical knowledge. Medical students, chiropractors, osteopaths and physical educators, are examples. Ms Clark has done all the drawings and movements on the computer herself because the time-consuming nature of the project precluded using a graphic designer. It was also a matter of finding a person who had the necessary anatomical and drawing skills. “Once I have completed the current project I would like to create a accompanying section that relates some of our physiotherapy techniques directly to the anatomical structures,” Ms Clark says.