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Human Bequest Program

The Discipline of Anatomy and Pathology, in the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University, runs a donor bequest program for the purposes of teaching, examination, study and investigation of human anatomy.

Most of the bodies donated to the program are used in the education of anatomical sciences to North Queensland's future doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, nurses, pharmacists, sports scientists and practitioners, and research scientists. Some bodies are used for the advanced training of surgeons and other specialists and some contribute to the investigation of human anatomy.

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.

Information and Consent Forms for Prospective Donors

Download Information for Donors and their Next of Kin

Download Donor Consent Form

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
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811

Phone: (07) 4781 5022