Unfortunately with the announcement made on the 11 August 2021 by the Victorian Premier extending Victoria’s current lockdown until midnight on the 19th August 2021 this year’s Commemorative Thanksgiving Service is unable to be livestreamed.

A video will be compiled and sent to families who have provided an RSVP at the earliest opportunity.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Department is unfortunately unable to hold the 2020 Commemorative Thanksgiving Service. Our hope is to be able to host a service next year and invite families of donors from the previous two years.

In lieu of a service we have welcomed Professor Shitij Kapur (Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science) and our students to contribute their thanks with a video to honour the donors of 2019.

Please take a moment to watch the video and we look forward to a time when we can welcome you in person.

Our body donors contribute substantially to the quality of medical education. At the University of Melbourne we hold an annual Commemorative Thanksgiving Service to acknowledge the generosity of our donors. This service is attended by family and friends of our body donors, with anatomy staff and students of the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience.

We have also commissioned a sculpture by renowned artist Heather Swann situated on campus in honour of our donors and which will serve both as a daily reminder to staff and students of the donor gift and also as a site of remembrance for family and friends to visit year round. The sculpture is located on the South Lawn of the Parkville Campus, near the Old Quad. For further information please contact the Body Donor Co-ordinator on (03) 8344 5809 or by email

Commemorative Sculpture