Commonwealth and State Legislation
Australian Government Sites
The Department of Human Services is an Australian government department which is responsible for administering the Australian Organ Donor Register.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia's peak body for supporting health and medical research; for developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; and for providing advice on ethical behaviour in health care and in the conduct of health and medical research.
As part of the NHMRC, NICS works to improve health care by getting the best available evidence from health and medical research into everyday practice.
The TGA is responsible for safeguarding public health and safety in Australia by regulating medicines, medical devices, blood & tissues.
State Health Departments
Australian Donor and Statistical Registries
ANZDATA records the incidence, prevalence and outcome of dialysis and transplant treatment for patients with end stage renal failure.
ANZLTR is a collaborative effort of the liver transplant units in Australia and New Zealand. The ANZLTR is coordinated through the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. The aims of the ANZLTR are the collection, collation and reporting of data relating to activity and outcomes of liver transplantation in the region.
ANZOD records and reports on a wide range of statistics that relate to organ donation following death within Australia and New Zealand.
ANZCOTR is a central repository point for data provided by Australian cardiothoracic specialists on cardiothoracic donation and transplantation.
ACGR operates an Australia-wide register of human corneal transplants.
The AODR is Australia’s only national organ and tissue donor register and serves as a lifeline to the people on those waiting lists.
The EBAANZ records information on corneal donation and graft activity.
The ABS is Australia’s official statistical agency holds a range of statistics information including population demographic.
The AIHW is a major national agency set up to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare. Key data sets include information on Hospital activity and Australia’s mortality.
The ANZICS Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation (ANZICS CORE) is a bi-national peer review and quality assurance program which has provided audit and analysis of the performance of Australian and New Zealand intensive care since 1992. ANZICS CORE produces 3 data registries: The Adult Patient Database (APD), the ANZICS Paediatric Intensive Care Registry (ANZPIC Registry) and the Critical Care Resources (CCR), which provide information regarding resource use and outcomes in hospital intensive critical care units.
The Australia and New Zealand National Pancreas and Islet Transplant Registry (NPTR)
The NPTR reports on pancreas and islet transplant activity in Australia and New Zealand and is coordinated through the National Pancreas Transplant Unit, Westmead. The NPTR website is currently under development.
Australian Clinical Organisations
The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine is an incorporated educational institution whose prime objective is the training and examination of specialist emergency physicians for Australia and New Zealand and the ongoing maintenance of professional standards of the Fellows.
The Australasian Donor Awareness Program is committed to providing quality continuing education for health professionals in Australia and New Zealand who are involved in the care and management of dying patients and their families, including those patients who may become potential organ and tissue donors.
The Australasian Transplant Coordinators Association (ATCA) promotes communication and collaboration amongst organ and tissue donor and transplant coordinators in Australia and New Zealand. ATCA collaborates with regional and international associations or societies interested in transplant coordination and related subjects.
The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) is the peak professional and advocacy body for medical practitioners specialising in the treatment and management of critically ill patients in public and private hospitals. The ANZICS Statement on Death and Organ Donation provides professional guidance for intensive care specialists and other health care workers involved in the care of potential organ donors.
The Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) represents over 2,400 critical care nurses nationally. College activities focus on the care of both adult and paediatric critically ill patients, and include many clinical sub-specialties (Special Interest Groups) and professional issues (Advisory Panels). The ‘ACCCN Position Statement on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation’ states the roles of critical care nurses and critical care units, and the desired education of critical care nurses in relation to organ and tissue donation.
The Australian Medical Association represents the registered medical practitioners and medical students of Australia. It works with the membership to promote and protect the interests of patients.
The Biotherapeutics Association of Australasia (formerly Australasian Tissue and Biotherapeutics Forum) is a not-for-profit organisation which fosters and promotes best practice in the retrieval, preparation, storage and distribution of human tissue for transplantation throughout Australasia.
The RSA is an Australasian society for nursing, medical, technical and allied health professionals, aiming for excellence in the dissemination of knowledge in Renal Replacement Therapies.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners is the professional organisation that focuses on the safety and quality of general practice. The College’s mission is to improve health and wellbeing for all Australians by supporting general practitioners, registrars and medical students.
The TNA is committed to advancing opportunities to enable education, research and networking for nurses and allied health professionals involved in transplantation.
The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand has as members, scientists, doctors, transplant coordinators and research students with an interest in all forms of transplantation.
Australian Eye and Tissue Banks
Australian Capital Territory
The ACT Bone Bank provides bone grafts to the local community. Located within The Canberra Hospital, it was established to meet the need for bone grafting in Canberra and the surrounding region.
New South Wales
The Hunter New England Bone Bank is a Live Donor Femoral Head Bank, and has been in Newcastle NSW since the early 1990s. Part of the Hunter New England Health Area, the bank collects live donor femoral heads and supplies femoral heads and other allografts to orthopaedic surgeons in the public and private hospital sector.
The Lions NSW Eye Bank is the centre for collection, storage, preparation and distribution of corneas in NSW and the ACT. It also assists research into eye disease. It is responsible for the education of medical staff and the community, liaising with relatives to provide information and advice to those considering donation. In July 2011 the NSW Lions Eye Bank was also transferred to the governance of the NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service.
Australian Biotechnologies was founded in 2000 and is located in Frenchs Forest, New South Wales, Australia. It processes innovative human tissue-based grafts to repair and promote natural healing of human bone and other tissues. Australian Biotechnologies has become the first privately owned tissue processing facility in Australia.
The Queensland Tissue Bank (QTB) incorporates three well established tissue banks based in Brisbane – the Queensland Eye Bank, The Queensland Bone and Skin Bank and the Queensland Heart Valve Bank. The Queensland Tissue Bank is a not-for-profit government entity.
QTB staff facilitate the assessment of donors, recovery and processing of donated tissue and final distribution of tissue allograft to surgeons throughout Australia.
The SA Tissue Bank was established in 1988, and is part of the SA Pathology surgical pathology directorate, where SA Pathology trades as the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science. The SA Tissue Bank is located at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The SA Tissue Bank facilitates and coordinates the donation of bone tissue through a cadaveric and living program.
At Flinders Medical Centre, current eye research is improving the success rate of corneal transplantation and the Ophthalmic Day Surgery Unit enables some patients to have surgery without hospitalisation.
The Barwon Health – Bone Bank is operated by Barwon Health – The Geelong Hospital. It collects, stores and supplies femoral heads for bone graft in orthopedic surgery. The tissue is donated by patients undergoing total hip replacement surgery in the Geelong region.
The Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria is the largest tissue bank in Australia. It processes and distributes multiple types of tissue. A not-for-profit organisation, it provides a central facility for the acquisition, processing, storage and distribution of tissue for transplantation.
The Lions Eye Donation Service is a joint venture between the Lions Clubs of Victoria and Southern New South Wales, the University of Melbourne and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. It routinely provides corneas for transplantation across Victoria and Tasmania.
Cell and Tissue Therapies Western Australia manufactures all therapeutic products at the Royal Perth Hospital, as well as cultured and non-cultured products, including allogeneic heart valves allografts, skin, haemopoietic stem cells, serum eye drops and other cells and tissue for the WA Health Service. CTTWA also manufactures biotherapeutic products for local, national and international clinical trials.
Pluslife (previously known as the Perth Bone and Tissue Bank) is an independent, incorporated, charitable organisation which retrieves donated bone. After testing and processing, the bone is stored awaiting its use in a wide variety of orthopaedic procedures.
The Lions Eye Bank was established in 1986 by the Lions Save Sight Foundation (LSSF) and is housed at LEI. It is the only facility of its kind in WA and coordinates the collection, processing and distribution of eye tissue for transplantation. The Lions Eye Bank also maintains a waitlist of patients who require corneal graft operations.