While only a small percentage of people are medically suitable to donate solid organs upon death, a larger proportion are eligible to become eye and/or tissue donors. However, the majority of tissue donations occur from living donors.
Historically, there has been no consolidated collection or reporting of data about tissue donation and utilisation in Australia. In 2012, at the request of the AOTDTA and in collaboration with Australian eye & tissue banks, ANZOD undertook the inaugural collection and reporting of donors and donations in this sector, Australia wide.
The aim for the ANZOD Registry is to continue delivering accurate data for the tissue and eye sectors. The goals going forward include the collection of donor specific donation data with allocation of a unique donor identification, introduction of capturing outcome data and unifying terminology across agencies. Continued collaboration with the Biotherapeutics Association of Australasia (BAA) and the Eye Bank Association of Australia and New Zealand (EBAANZ) is assisting the momentum for accurate reconciliation for reporting into the future.
Data reported here is provided by banks across Australia, in conjunction with data collected within the solid organ donation sector by DonateLife.