To register for body donation, you have to apply to each medical school that accepts bodies individually. They each have their own registration forms and rules for donation, although these rules are quite similar for most of them. This is a copy of Melbourne University’s rules before registration and a link to their registration form since its the most relevant to us.


Can anyone become a donor?

Any adult may apply to become a prospective body donor provided that: they reside within 60 kilometres of the Melbourne GPO, they are not suffering from a significant disease (eg. HIV, tuberculosis), and they have not spent a cumulative period of six (6) months or more in the United Kingdom between 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1996.

How do I apply?

There are three ways in which you can apply to become a donor:
1. Download a consent form.
2. Email or telephone the Body Donor Coordinator requesting a consent form.
3. Write a brief note to the Body Donor Coordinator requesting a consent form.

Fill in the consent form according to the instructions on the form and mail it to the Body Donor Coordinator. We will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your completed consent form. This letter along with the completed consent form you signed will constitute the formal agreement between you and the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology regarding the donation of your body.

Once I become a donor is my body automatically accepted at the time of death?

The University appreciates your generous donation, but some circumstances may prevent the acceptance of your body. Where this is the case, the University will contact your executor, administrator, or next-of-kin so that alternative arrangements may be made.
The University would be unable to accept your body if:

– an autopsy or post mortem has been performed
– too much time has elapsed before the University is notified of your death
– the cause of death is a significant disease (eg. HIV, tuberculosis)
– at the time of death organs were removed for organ donation
– recent surgery has been performed
– death occurs more than 60 km from Melbourne GPO

Are there any costs involved?

No. The University of Melbourne will pay the cost of transporting your body to the University and the cost of cremation once anatomical examination and study has been completed.

Your family or appointed executors will be responsible for any costs associated with any memorial service should they choose to have one, and for the collection of your ashes from the University’s funeral director.

If the circumstances of your death preclude acceptance of your body by the University (see above), your estate or next of kin will be responsible for making alternative arrangements.

Who contacts the University when I die?

Usually the University is notified by your next of kin, but contact can also be made by your medical practitioner or nursing staff. The University provides a 24-hour telephone number on 9347 5979.

What happens to my body?

Your body is transferred to the University by a funeral director; this is organised by the University.

Your body will be used for the purposes of anatomical examination and the teaching and study of anatomy over a period that usually extends for about 3 years.  On completion of such study, your body will be cremated individually and treated with the utmost respect and dignity. Some specimens may be retained indefinitely for further teaching purposes.

Can my family collect my ashes?

If your family would like to collect your ashes upon completion of study, they will need to notify the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology within 2 months of your death. Once study is complete and cremation has been attended to, your family will be notified in writing that your ashes are ready for collection.

Your ashes will available for collection from the University’s funeral director for a period of 2 months. If they are not collected within this time, the University will make arrangements for them to be scattered in the garden adjacent to the Chapel of Repose at Memorial Park, Altona.

Do the studies take place at Melbourne University?

The University of Melbourne Body Donor Program is the source of all bodies that are donated for anatomical study in Victoria. This means that your body may be used for the study and teaching of anatomy at the University of Melbourne or at other legally designated institutions such as anatomy departments in other Universities. The use of bodies for anatomical examination is governed by the provisions of the Human Tissue Act 1982 (Vic).

Can I also be an organ donor?

You may be registered as an organ donor and a body donor but if at the time of death organs are removed for organ donation, then the University cannot accept your body (see above)

Can my family have a funeral or a memorial service?

A traditional funeral is not possible because your body must be transferred promptly to the University but the families of many donors hold a memorial service instead. Your next of kin may elect to collect your ashes following cremation on completion of our studies, which is approximately 3 years.

Can I change my mind about donating my body?

You may withdraw your donation at anytime, prior to your death, by notifying the Body Donor Coordinator, in writing, of your decision.

Registration Form:

Also a form for ANU to compare:



~ by pcl4 on July 17, 2008.

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