The Department of Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Melbourne co-ordinates a Body Donor Program for the purposes of anatomical examination and the teaching and study of anatomy.
Bodies that have been donated to the program are used in the education and training of future healthcare professionals including medical, dental, physiotherapy, science and nursing students and are also used for the advanced training of surgeons and other specialists.
Each donated body is treated with great care and respect and, on completion of our studies, is cremated. Following cremation, relatives who have requested the return of ashes are able to retrieve them for commemorative purposes.
NOTICE dated 2nd December 2021
Due to the ongoing concerns of COVID-19 in the community and the inability to hold practical classes for our students the Department of Anatomy and Physiology have made the unavoidable decision to not accept deceased donors into our program and care, effective midnight Sunday the 6th December 2021. We understand that this is a difficult and disappointing decision, but we must ensure an appropriate response to an ever-changing climate.
We anticipate and hope that we will be able to resume this part of the program in March 2022. We will update this page, should any of this information change. Please be reminded that during this period we will continue to accept new registrations to the Body Donor Program. If you have any questions, the Body Donor Coordinator continues to be contactable on 8344 5809 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note the University closes for the Christmas break from the 23rd December 2021 and reopens on the 4th January 2022 for general enquiries.
Members of the public may apply to donate their bodies through our Body Donor Program, which complies with the Human Tissue Act.
Information for prospective donors is set out in the Body Donor Information Sheet
A consent form is available for download. Consent Form
To contact the Body Program Coordinator:
Phone: (03) 8344 5809