Human Bequest Program
The Discipline of Anatomy and Pathology in the College of Medicine and Dentistry runs a donor bequest program for the purposes of teaching, examination, study and investigation of human anatomy and pathology. JCU also accepts donations of human tissue and skeletons/bones from previous historic medical training and research.
Most of the bodies donated to the program are used in the education of anatomical sciences to North Queensland's future doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, pharmacists, sports and exercise scientists, biomedical scientists, medical laboratory scientists, anthropologists, psychologists, and research scientists. Some bodies are used for the advanced training of surgeons and other specialists in short and extended courses of professional development, and some contribute to the investigation of human anatomy and pathology.
The use of human bodies for teaching and research is strictly governed by legislation, in particular, the Transplantation and Anatomy Act (1979) and the Transplantation and Anatomy Regulation 2017. Because of this legislation, donated bodies are treated with great care and respect, and stored/used in a secure facility.
“Giving your body to science is such a treasured and wonderful gift, which helps future generations of healthcare professionals, and strengthens rural and remote healthcare.”
Rod Cook, Human Bequest Coordinator and Anatomy Facility Manager
Information and Consent Forms for Prospective Donors
IMPORTANT – Please read the Information for Donors and their Next of Kin prior to completing the Donor Consent Form.
For more information, contact:
The Human Bequest Coordinator
Discipline of Anatomy
College of Medicine and Dentistry
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811
Phone: (07) 4781 5022
Our Facilities and Booking Opportunities
The Anatomy and Pathology facilities and the Human Bequest Program are a major cornerstone of JCU’s Medical and Dental training facilities. Overseeing these operations, staffing and compliance is the Anatomy Facility Manager and the Human Bequest Program Coordinator. The Anatomy Facility Manager leads a team of highly trained specialist technicians, who bring their unique skills and attention to detail to ensure the facility is maintained to the highest standards.