Types of Tissue Donation

Tissue donation can be made in two ways, living donation and deceased donation.Deceased donation allows tissue to be retrieved from donors who have passed away while living donors are able to donate bone and tissue, which would ordinarily be discarded, during surgery, for example a femoral head or placenta.

The Australian Tissue Donation Network facilitates and retrieves the following types of tissue from many of Australia’s hospitals:

Femoral Head Donation

The Femoral Head Donation Program is a living donation program for donors wishing to donate their femoral head during hip replacement surgery.

Placental Tissue Donation

The placental tissue donation program is for expecting mother’s, delivering their baby via planned ceasarian.

Bone Marrow Donation

This program is run in conjunction with the Australian Bone Marrow Registry, Gift of Life Australia, Wolper Jewish Hospital and Australian Tissue Donation Network.

Musculoskeletal Donation

This is the deceased donor program where donors donate their tissue from muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments.

Become a Tissue Donor

You can improve the lives of many people!

Your donation gives hope to many patients!

Donors need to be aged between 15 and 90 years old, 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.

You can become one of the following donors:

  • Femoral Head Donation
  • Placental Tissue Donation
  • Bone Marrow Donation
  • Musculoskeletal Tissue Donation

More About Us

What is Tissue Donation?

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. Your donation of tissue can significantly improve the lives of recipients and in some cases, is lifesaving.

Each year thousands of lives are transformed through receiving donated soft tissue. Bone donated from generous everyday Australians is crafted into much need graft material known as “allografts”. Patients undergoing routine total hip replacement surgery can choose to donate the bone removed during this operation, that would otherwise be disposed of.

About Australian Tissue Donation Network

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.

The Australian Tissue Donation Network’s mission is to change lives through tissue donation and raise awareness and educate everyday Australians about donation.

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2018 Tissue Donation Stats

Total Unique Tissue Donors in Australia - 3168
Total Unique Tissue Donors in NSW - 1830
Living Tissue Donors in NSW - 1731
Living Tissue Retrievals by Australian Tissue Donation Network - 1522
Notified Tissue Grafts Implanted - 5992