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Body Bequest Programme

Thanksgiving Service

This year the Department will hold its Thanksgiving Service in Dunedin on the evening of Wednesday 14 September, 2022. Next years’ service will be held in Christchurch. For more information please contact the department:

The principal use of bequests is for teaching anatomy to medical, dental, physiotherapy, physical education, and science students.

Access to these bodies is not something the students take for granted.

"These people have given up so much, to give people they don’t even know a chance to learn. If we can take even a fraction of that selflessness, caring and kind-hearted attitude into the future, the medical profession will be in good shape."
Holly Cadzow, 3rd Year Medical student.

A number of academic staff and postgraduate students in the Department are also using human bodies for
 research purposes.

If you are thinking about donating your body, or you are interested in finding out more about this invaluable programme then please read:

The details of the Body Bequest Programme, including criteria for donation.

The history of the Body Bequest Programme

The Thanksgiving Service