Meet the Museum: The Importance of Parasites


Thursday 12 September | 5pm - 6pm
4:45pm for a 5pm start

Suitable for Ages 12+

Standard | $10
Concession | $8
Junior | $8 

Suitable for Ages 12+


Friend Members receive 15% off ticket pricing for this event.

Access information

This venue is fully accessible. Auslan interpretation is available on request. Please see below for more information.

The most common lifestyle on the planet is a parasitic one. Every non-parasitic organism hosts at least one parasite—even parasites have their own parasites!

Despite their reputation, parasites are crucial components of a healthy ecosystem and play a role in maintaining functional immune systems.

Parasitic infections are a significant cause of disease in humans and animals. The patterns of these infections are often complex and difficult to understand. Some parasites are highly specific, infecting only one type of host, while others are more generalist, infecting both animals and humans. These are known as zoonotic parasites.

Hear from Dr Amanda Ash from Murdoch University’s School of Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences as she delves into the complexity of parasites and their importance.

Access information  

The venue is fully accessible. Please contact or call 1300 134 081 a minimum of five working days prior to the event if you are attending and would like the organisers to arrange Auslan interpretation. 

More information is available on access to and within the Museum, plus how to prepare for your visit here. 

Meet the Museum

Are you curious about the fascinating world behind the scenes at the Museum? This monthly program delves into the less visible parts of the Museum's work, as scientists, researchers, historians and curators share their expertise and passions.