This book is predominantly based on the open textbook Anatomy and Physiology by J. Gordon Betts, Kelly A. Young, James A. Wise, Eddie Johnson, Brandon Poe, Dean H. Kruse, Oksana Korol, Jody E. Johnson, Mark Womble and Peter DeSaix. Our team of biomedical science academics and librarians at the University of Southern Queensland have a desire to help students succeed in their studies of anatomy and physiology by providing equitable access to information resources. This has driven us to adapt Anatomy and Physiology for Australian tertiary students in biomedical and health disciplines.
In Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, you will find an Australian perspective on the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology along with career perspectives, with content especially re-worked for Australian students. Our team has also added new contributions including interactive quizzes, appendices and a glossary. Our sincere thanks to each team member for their tireless efforts, enthusiastic support of the project and their valued work on this book. Please see About the Authors for the list of our contributors. We would also like to thank Leanne Dooley for her review and original contributions to Chapter 6 Blood.
This book would also not have been possible without the outstanding contribution of our Open Education Content Librarian Nikki Andersen. We offer our sincere thanks to Nikki for her expertise, insightful guidance and dedicated approach in stepping us through this new process. Nikki, you made the journey enjoyable, exciting and achievable. Thank you. We also extend our appreciation to Adrian Stagg, Manager (Open Educational Practice) for his support, advice and expertise in open textbooks.
Finally, we thank Dr Anna Chruscik and Associate Professor Kate Kauter who committed their substantial skills and enthusiasm to create a seamless project which harnessed the writing talents of our team. Their writing and editing expertise supported us in producing this open textbook.
Acknowledgment of Country
The authors wish to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to the land, culture and community. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we live and work, and where the book was written. We acknowledge the cultural diversity of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and pay respect to Elders past, present and future. We celebrate the continuous living cultures of First Australians and acknowledge the important contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have and continue to make in Australian society.