The Auckland Medical Museum Trust is seeking donations for its first exhibition – Brave Hearts.
We know our sporting heroes inspire young New Zealanders. And we know that international success encourages our youth to achieve.
But how many of us know about New Zealand’s history of world-class achievements by dedicated young heart surgeons and their teams?
The first simple heart operations in NZ were done in 1942. But it was Sir Douglas Robb’s 1948 series of successful operations on “blue babies” which first captured the imagination of the public.
By the 1950s a revolution was about to break on the world’s operating tables. New practices and new technology launched an exciting era for cardiac surgery internationally.
The Auckland Medical Museum will display and tell the story of New Zealand’s first heart-lung bypass machine that changed everything. In 1962 Brian Barratt-Boyes, using this machine, applied a masterful technique for replacing a heart valve with a human donor and set the international standard for aortic valve surgery. The machine was first used to close a hole in the heart in 1958.
We want to celebrate those brave medical pioneers who rode a new wave of medicine to learn and teach how to repair the damaged hearts of newborn babies, children and adults.
And we want everyone to know more about the heart, what can go wrong, what can be done to fix the problem, and what we can do to prevent problems in the first place.
The progress in cardiology and all the specialisations involved in heart surgery over the last 60 years is astonishing.
We believe New Zealand’s pioneering story must be told.
We need your help to achieve this.
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I am convinced that to venture forward into the future, it is important that we honour and appreciate the past achievements of pioneers. Their work and inventions has literally saved thousands of lives including mine on six separate occasions.
– Ta’afuli Andrew Fiu
New Zealand has a remarkable but largely untold cardiac story, and we need your help to bring the Brave Hearts exhibition to life.
Brave Hearts is a story of innovation and creativity and we are seeking donations to help meet the $500,000 budget.
The history of important local events and their protagonists is valuable, and we want everyone to know about the outstanding achievements of some remarkable New Zealanders. This exhibition will focus our attention on historic breakthroughs which should be a source of justifiable pride for us all, but are currently not well documented or known to most people. We all know the names of sporting heroes but how many know the story of Sir Douglas Robb or Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes?
Brave Hearts has a strong educational focus. There is a pressing need for communities to understand more about preventable diseases like rheumatic heart disease, and how to safeguard against the damage they can do.
The good news is that cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes have declined in the last 25 years due to big reductions in tobacco smoking and the consumption of saturated fat, together with medical advances and new drugs. Education of children and young people will help ensure that this decline continues. The strongly visual and mobile nature of the exhibition maximizes this educational opportunity.
There has also been dramatic and continuing progress in the treatment of infants and children born with heart defects, many of whom have now reached adult life.
Many thousands of people have directly or through involvement with a loved one, experienced cardiac treatment and will wish to interact with this exhibition. Communities will be able to interact with their own history and contribute their own stories and we need your help to enable this.
Auckland Medical Museum Trust (AMMT) is a Registered Charitable Trust CC50444 under the New Zealand Charities Act 2005. A receipt enabling donors to claim a tax credit for income tax purposes on cash donations of $5.00 will be forwarded.
For more information please contact:
Margaret Horsburgh: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 021 444 012
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Brave Hearts Steering Committee
Margaret Horsburgh (Chair)
CNZM, RN, EdD, MA (hons), BA
Margaret trained and worked as a nurse at Green Lane Hospital in the 1960s and 1970s, subsequently working for several decades in the tertiary education sector. She has an ongoing interest in New Zealand’s medical and health heritage and has continuing involvement with Auckland’s museums. Currently she is a trustee of the Auckland Museum Foundation.
Alan was a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon at Green Lane Hospital from 1969 until retirement in 2002. He initially had a leading role in the development of coronary artery surgery in NZ, and later a major interest in heart surgery for children. He became Honorary Clinical Professor of Surgery of the Auckland School of Medicine in 1997. Since retirement he has worked as a volunteer helping to develop paediatric cardiac services in Palestine.
RN, Dip N, Dip Nsg Ed (Lond)
Judy was a charge nurse at Green Lane Hospital in the 1970s, before completing advanced studies in nurse education in London. She has a wide range of experience in health research at the University of Auckland. Judy is a volunteer guide at Auckland Museum and co-author of two books on medical history.
Warren is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist presently working at Auckland City Hospital. He developed the electrophysiology service at Green Lane Hospital and was the director of Cardiology 1998-2003. He is an Honorary Associate Professor of Medicine of the Auckland School of Medicine since 2001.
In Collaboration with
Rick is one of New Zealand’s leading exhibition architects and recipient of numerous awards for architecture and design. Projects include Kaiapoi Museum, Navy Museum, Rotoroa Island Exhibition Centre, Colin McCahon House, Arokai Mt Cook Centre and the Auckland Medical School’s Pathology research Centre.
Peter Holst (Treasurer)
MB ChB FRACP
Peter practised and taught medicine in Dunedin and later in Wellington. After retirement from full-time work he was a part-time Director of Continuing Education for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and was a member of the Taranaki District Health Board. He has a continuing interest in the history of medicine.
Auckland Medical Museum Trust
The Auckland Medical Museum Trust (AMMT) was formed in 2014 with the objective of bringing a medical museum to the Auckland community.
Brave Hearts is the first tangible step towards a dedicated medical museum that will showcase our medical achievements and inspire future generations.
Chair: Dr Margaret Horsburgh
Professor Linda Bryder, Dr Tatjana Buklijas, Dr Alistair Kwan, Dr Warren Smith, Dr Graeme Woodfield
Treasurer: Dr Peter Holst
Honorary secretary: Ms Judy Murphy
Animations bring heart conditions to life
Kylie Sullivan is using her animation and 3D modelling skills to create anatomical visualisations of heart conditions for patients as part of her post-graduate degree in digital design at AUT. Brave Hearts is delighted that Kylie’s graphics will be a big attraction for the young audience the exhibition targets.
Kylie says it has been is invaluable to have a cardiologist or surgeon to spot any anatomical inconsistencies, and advise her on how much she should visually exaggerate a concept in order to create a clear but faithful representation.
She also found getting feedback on the animations from patients and laypeople from diverse backgrounds provided unexpected perspectives. “They could point out something that someone not learning these facts for the first time would never have thought to account for.”
Brave Hearts wants to express its gratitude to Kylie’s for her talent, generosity and professionalism in providing us with animated models of various heart conditions for the exhibition.
Left: Kylie Sullivan, AUT honours student working on Brave Hearts. Kylie has developed animations showing the effects of heart disease and congenital heart defects. November 2016.
Sir Brian Barratt Boyes – pioneer heart surgeon
F88951 – New Zealand’s Top 100 History Makers, Episode 5 (2005). Archival footage preserved and made available by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Courtesy of Visionary Film & TV.
Heartfelt thanks go to our generous sponsors and donors
Lottery Grants Board through the World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage (LWEH) Committee
David and Genevieve Becroft Foundation
The Douglas Charitable Trust
Hazel and Alan Kerr
Sir Douglas Myers
Green Lane Research and Education Fund
Pearson & Associates Architects
Ralph & Eve Seelye Charitable Trust
Auckland Heart Group
Four Winds Foundation Ltd
The Mazda Foundation Trust
R V Trubuhovich
Elizabeth M Steele
Warren M Smith
K Helen Dufaur
Sir David Hay
Kay and Jim Judson
David & Georgina Sisam
M G Dunshea
P E Holst
Roy and Sarah Clare
Dame Jenny Gibbs
Wekatahi Trust Cole Family
Bill and Anne Ringer
AP and GD Randerson
Jenny & Peter Swan
Trevor and Robyn Agnew
ZOLL Medical New Zealand
National Services Te Paerangi, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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Updated 8 September 2017
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