Australian Tissue Donation Network provides opportunities for the Australian community to donate their tissue and bone during routine surgery and also after they pass away.
Bone and tissue donation provides an opportunity to save and heal 100’s of lives. Hip replacement surgery, planned caesarians and registering to become a bone marrow donor are all forms of living donation. Death is never a nice topic of conversation but there are many positives that can arise as a result of it, deceased donation provides us with the opportunity to heal over 100 lives. All donors must undergo a screening process to assess their suitability. Donor screening is performed by trained Australian Tissue Donation Network staff.
The Medical/Social Questionnaire is an important part of this screening process and consists of a series of questions designed to explore a potential donor’s medical history and environmental risks, as well as a risk assessment based on social behaviour, lifestyle, travel and origin.
Trained Australian Tissue Donation Network staff perform a telephone, or face to face interview with the potential donors to ensure this questionnaire is complete. The questions are clear and unambiguous, designed to be easy to understand and, although some are of a personal nature, all information is kept 100% confidential by the Australian Tissue Donation Network.