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 has reached its donor requirements for 2020 and is now closed to accepting any further deceased donors into our care. We anticipate re-opening for deceased donors on Monday 11 January 2021. We remain open for enquiries and registrations.

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 2020 - 2021

Wednesday 4 November 2020 - 12th annual Thanksgiving Service to pay tribute to the donors of 2019 and 2020. Invitations will be mailed/emailed during September 2020.

This event has been organised following the Industry Framework for COVID19 Safe Events in Queensland. We respectfully ask you to follow these guidelines:

  • RSVP as required. Details on your invitation.
  • Check in on arrival at the venue and follow all staff instructions upon entering and leaving the building
  • Maintain physical distancing requirements
  • Practice good hand/cough/sneeze hygiene
  • Do not attend if you are unwell; have traveled overseas or to a declared COVID19 Hotspot in the previous 14 days; are positive for or awaiting test results for COVID19; have been in close contact with a person who is positive for COVID19
  • Due to current restrictions a maximum of 5 guests per family can attend.

Please contact the Anatomy Support Officer on (07) 5678 7700 for further assistance if required.

Thursday 3 September 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. Program office remains open if you require additional assistance.


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.