The generous act of body donation

Is central to the provision of practical opportunities to study the human body in a controlled educational environment. By making this personal gift, potential donors make a vital contribution to training the next generation of doctors, scientists and health professionals. They also make an invaluable contribution to the work of our researchers and scientists who have dedicated their careers to advancing scientific and medical knowledge, promoting health and finding cures for human illness.

Most bodies are used for teaching purposes and will be the subject of student examination and dissection. Studying real human bodies is an invaluable approach to learning anatomy for most health care workers, including doctors, dentists, therapists, pharmacists or exercise scientists. Some bodies are used specifically for surgical and medical research and training. They help to advance surgical techniques and scientific knowledge both nationally and internationally, thereby improving healthcare and alleviating suffering.

2019 donor acceptance

The School of Anatomy wishes to advise that we will be able to accept 45 deceased donors into our care this calendar year. Once this number of donors is reached the program will not be able to accept any further deceased donors.

We will still accept consent forms from living donors for future years.

If you require further information or clarification please call the Anatomy Support Officer on (07) 5678 7700.

Important Dates for 2019 - 2020

Friday 15 November 2019 - Monday 13 January 2020 inclusive - Program closed to screening and accepting deceased donors for administrative purposes. Donors who pass away on Saturday 11 January and Sunday 12 January will be screened on Monday 13 January. (These dates are subject to change and will be reviewed closer to time).

Thursday 26 March 2020 - 12th annual Thanksgiving Service to pay tribute to the donors from 2019. Please contact the Anatomy Support Officer for further information or to receive an invitation


Potential donors are requested to write to the School of Anatomy indicating they wish to donate their body to the Griffith University Body Donation Program. Alternatively, potential donors can apply for a consent form via our online form.

Please note that not everyone is a suitable body donor at the time of their death. Potential donors are encouraged to contact the Anatomy Support Officer if they require additional information.

Find out more

Body Donation Information Booklet

Please download a copy of our information booklet for your personal records and to share with your next of kin or executor.

Contact us

For further information and other enquiries.