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.

2020 donor acceptance

The School of Anatomy wishes to advise that the Body Donation Program is still open and operational. However due to COVID-19 and reduced teaching for 2020 we will only be able to accept 30 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.

COVID-19 advice - At this time, Griffith University is not accepting deceased donors who have tested positive for COVID-19, nor those under investigation for having the virus. We will keep our website up-to-date with any new information as we learn more about the virus.

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

Important Dates for 2020 - 2021

Wednesday 4 November 2020 - 12th annual Thanksgiving Service to pay tribute to the donors of 2019 and 2020. Invitations will be forth coming closer to the date. Please contact the Anatomy Support Officer on (07) 5678 7700 for further assistance if required.

Friday 27 November 2020 - Monday 11 January 2021 inclusive - Program closed to screening and accepting deceased donors for administrative purposes. Donors who pass away on Saturday 9 January and Sunday 10 January will be screened on Monday 11 January. (These dates are subject to change and will be reviewed closer to time). Please contact Somerville Funerals for assistance over this period - (07) 55 311 722.


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.