Australian Paired Kidney Exchange Program
A transplant option for patients with an incompatible living donor
The Australian Paired Kidney Exchange (AKX) Program is an initiative of the OTA to increase the options for living kidney donation.
The AKX Program is increasing live donor kidney transplants by identifying matches for patients who are eligible for a kidney transplant, and have a living donor who is willing but unable to donate because of an incompatible blood type or tissue type. This option is known as paired kidney exchange or paired kidney donation.
The AKX Program uses a computer program to search the entire available database of registered recipient/donor pairs to look for combinations where the donor in an incompatible pair can be matched to a recipient in another pair. If the computer finds a compatible match, two or more simultaneous transplants can occur by exchanging donors.
AKX Program Contact Details
AKX Program Clinical Director:
Associate Professor Peter Hughes - 03 9342 7058
AKX Program Coordinator:
Emma Vanhardeveld - 03 9342 7058
Department of Nephrology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
300 Grattan Street
PARKVILLE VIC 3050
To learn more about the AKX Program , please see our detailed information for patients and willing living donors: