Deakin Communicating Science 2016

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Australia’s fist body farm- More than 30 people already donated their bodies!

(AFTMR body farm Sydney, Power J, 2015).

In my first post I introduced that Australia was opening a body farm in Sydney in the Hawkesbury region. In fact more than 30 people have already donated there body to the farm once it opens (Power J, 2015).

The name of the farm will be Australia facility for Techonomic experimental research (AFTMR for short) the site is owned by University of Technology, Sydney. Shari Forbes who is an expert in the forensic science will be the head of the facility (Power J, 2015).

They explain that there not sure on exactly when the facility will open because it all depend on when there first donor dies (Power J, 2015). Their wish is to study the decomposing body in an Australian environment.

Up until now Australia has study pig carcases to help determine different element is how a body decomposes in the Australian environment and the insect activity (Power J, 2015).

The process that AFTMR wish to do with the carcases is to watch the decompose side of it with insect activity, they will also make sure that the body is away from scavengers to stop disturbance of the body. Once the body has gone through the process what’s left on the body will be given back to the family to be buried or cremated (Power J, 2015).

The research will be collaborated with police and forensic services, to investigate the human death. They want to improve understanding of how human remains decompose, and help police with missing persons and homicide investigations (Laube W, 2014).

The facility will study different components that including textile and fibre degradation and how soil and geological features effect the decomposing body (Laube W, 2014).

Ben Fezckuk who recently retired as a police command quoted: “I am an old homicide investigator, and all the stuff that comes out of this work adds to the knowledge and the database of different things about decomposition. It can help solve crime. There are a myriad of things we look at to determine the last movements of the deceased, and it’s critical to lock in death to a particular time” (Power J, 2015)

UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Glenn Wightwick also quoted: “Improvement in the training and application of these techniques can considerably enhance the success of victim recovery teams and lessen the impact on families and the community following mass disasters and other unnatural deaths,” (Laube W, 2014)

I personally have a really good feeling about this facility I am all for having more data for our research. In Australia we are currently relying on pigs for our data or American data. Clearly we are not pigs and clearly we don’t live in America. I am grateful that we can use pigs but it will be exciting to finally use human corps and being able to know that our data is 100%.


Power J, april 2015, “Australia’s first body farm: more thn 30 people to donate their bodies”, accessed 12/05/16

Laube W, November 2014,, accessed 12/05/16


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This entry was posted on May 12, 2016 by in Geelong - Friday 3pm, Uncategorized.

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