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, 2022

Thursday 3 September 2020 - Monday 11 January 2021 - Body Donation 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 when the program re-opens. Program office remains open until Christmas Eve should you require additional assistance.

Thursday 24 December 2020 - Monday 4 January 2021 - Body Donation Program Office closed. For emergency assistance please contact Somerville Funerals on (07) 55 311 722.

Friday 22 January 2021 - Wednesday 27 January 2021 -  Body Donation Program closed to screening and accepting deceased donors for administrative purposes. Donors who pass away on Monday 25 January and Tuesday 26 January will be screened on Wednesday 27 January. The program office will also be closed. For emergency assistance please contact Somerville Funerals on (07) 55 311 722.

13th Annual Thanksgiving Service - The 13th annual Thanksgiving Service to pay tribute to donors accepted into our care in 2021 will be held in 2022. Date to be advised. Please contact the Anatomy Support Officer for further information on (07) 5678 7700.

HOW DO I REGISTER MY INTENT TO DONATE?

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.