In Australia the donation of eyes and tissue (soft tissues, bones, skin etc.) makes up the largest portion of donation and transplantation, with a significantly higher number of referrals compared to whole organ referrals. Eye and tissue banks provide significant benefits within the health sector. Donations of tissue can significantly improve the lives of recipients and in some cases, is lifesaving.
The Australian Tissue Donation Network is a not-for- profit procurement agency that works in partnership with the NSW Bone Bank and Donate Life, to facilitate and increase donations of all types of tissue, throughout Australia. We are working towards having Australian-made, Australian sourced Muskuloskeletal Tissue available to all Australians who are in need.
Donors need to be aged between 15 and 90 years, therefore, practically anyone is eligible. By donating your bone, you are improving the quality of life of many recipients. Bone is the second most commonly transplanted tissue in the world after blood and bone that is generously donated is crafted into life changing “allograft” material, which is supplied to patients, undergoing the many types of treatment.