Eye and Tissue Banks
The eye and tissue sector is the largest donation and transplantation sectors in Australia, with a significantly higher number of referrals compared to solid organ referrals.
Eye and tissue banks provide significant benefits within the health sector. Donations of eye and tissue can significantly improve the lives of recipients and in some cases, are life saving.
In Australia, eye and tissue donation and transplantation is regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA implemented the Biologicals Regulatory Framework in May 2011 requiring eye and tissue banks to demonstrate quality controls and legislative compliance to gain entry on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.
Eye and tissue banks in Australia include:
- DonateLife ACT
- Australian Biotechnologies
- Australian Tissue Donation Network
- Donor Tissue Bank Victoria
- Hunter New England Bone Bank
- NSW Bone Bank
- NSW Lions Eye Bank
- Rachel Forster Bone Bank
- Sydney Heart Valve Bank
- Queensland Tissue Banks
- Queensland Heart Valve Bank
- South Australian Tissue Bank
- South Australian Eye Bank
- Barwon Health Bone Bank
- Lions Eye Donation Service VIC
- PlusLife- Perth Bone & Tissue Bank
- WA Lions Eye Bank
At the request of the Commonwealth and state and territory governments, PricewaterhouseCoopers undertook an Analysis of the Australian Eye and Tissue sector (the Report) publicly released in June 2017.
The Report presents an overview of the eye and tissue sector, as informed by stakeholders in eye and tissue banking, governments and clinical sectors. The Report also makes recommendations to ensure the future sustainability of the Australian eye and tissue sector.
Australian Health Ministers have committed to implement the recommendations of the Report to ensure a fair, efficient, cost effective and sustainable sector into the future. The report and the Governments’ Response are available on the Commonwealth Department of Health’s website.