Australian Tissue Donation Network provides opportunities for private Hospitals to participate in donation programs of various types. Education and equipment required to facilitate the programs are given to both health professionals and all staff working within the hospitals, as well as to members of the Australian community.
To ensure the highest possible standards and safety for all involved, all donors must undergo a screening process to assess their suitability. Donor screening is performed by trained staff employed at Australian Tissue Donation Network. Donor eligibility is confirmed by referencing legislation such as the Therapeutic Goods Act (TGO88) and the Human Tissue Act. Adherence to protocols and guidelines as published, ensures programs, such as the one currently in place within public sector (NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service) and the newly developed Australian Tissue Donation Network Programs are compliant with regulations and best practice.
The Medical/Social Questionnaire is an important part of this screening process and consists of a series of questions designed to explore the potential donor’s medical history and environmental risks as well as a risk assessment based on social behaviour, lifestyle, travel and origin. Questions asked are the same as those sanctioned by the TGA and currently used with all donors of blood and/or bone tissue.
Trained Australian Tissue Donation Network Staff will 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 understandable by the donor and, although some are of a personal nature, all information is kept 100% confidential by the Australian Tissue Donation Network.