UQ Body Donor Program

The University of Queensland conducts a Body Donor Program through the School of Biomedical Sciences. This Program accepts donations of human bodies to assist the School in providing educational and research opportunities for staff and students in the health, medical and science disciplines.

If you are interested in becoming a Body Donor, please contact our office on the details below to receive our Information & Registration Kit.

But, before you do, please note:
  • Registrations are accepted from persons aged 18 years or older
  • Registration is considered primarily for residents of Queensland's south-east corridor, including the Brisbane metropolitan area and south to the Qld/NSW border, south-west to Stanthorpe, mid- west to Jondaryan, north-west to Kingaroy, North to Woolooga, east to Wolvi and Boreen Point on the coast
  • There is no upper age limit for body donor registrants.

While the University greatly appreciates every registration, there are several conditions which may at time of death restrict donor acceptance. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Death occurring outside of the acceptance area
  • Conduct of an autopsy
  • Localised, regionalised or systemic infection at time of death (e.g. cellulitis, antibiotic-resistant pneumonia, wounds)
  • Unsuitable physical condition of body at time of death
  • Any condition that may be identified as health or safety risk to students and staff
  • Operational limitations and closure periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year)
  • Blood transfusions in UK, and visits to the UK or Ireland for a cumulative period of 6 months or more during the exclusion period established by Red Cross Australia.

Registration in the UQ Body Donor Program does not guarantee acceptance of a donor. A final decision on acceptance can only be determined by the University following the death of the body donor and completion of the screening process.

Please contact our office should you wish to discuss any of the above information.

 

Registering for the UQ Body Donor Program

The first step in registering for the UQ Body Donor Program is to contact our UQ Body Donor Program Administrator, Carol Webster-Williams:

Mailing address

Ms Carol Webster-Williams

UQ Body Donor Program
The University of Queensland
BRISBANE QLD 4072

Telephone

+ 61 7 3365 2702

Fax

+ 61 7 3365 1299

Email

bodydonor@uq.edu.au

Web

www.uq.edu.au/sbms

 

Additional information on the donation of bodies for education and research is available by contacting the UQ Body Donor Program Manager.

Mailing address

Dr Shannon Armstrong

Body Donor Program
The University of Queensland
BRISBANE QLD 4072

Telephone

+ 61 7 3365 2515

Fax

+ 61 7 3365 1299

Email

bodydonor@uq.edu.au

Web

www.uq.edu.au/sbms

   

 

A tribute to our donors

The School of Biomedical Sciences hosts a Thanksgiving Ceremony each year in October, which allows UQ students and staff to thank donors and their families for the contribution body donors have made to research, science and medical teaching at the University.  Members of the public who wish to attend the Thanksgiving Ceremony are welcome to contact the BDP office for an invitation.

In addition to the annual Thanksgiving Ceremony, one of our very talented staff members has written and dedicated a poem The Gift, to our body donors.

 

'Your profound gift 

Our eternal gratitude'