PlusLife is a not-for-profit charitable organisation and is recognised as one of Australia's premier tissue banks.
PlusLife collects, screens, stores, and distributes donated human bone and tissue grafts (transplantable material) for use in surgical procedures.
Donated bone and tissue is used to treat patients suffering with conditions such as spinal deformities, arthritic joint disease, bone cancers, sports injuries and those needing facial and dental reconstructive surgeries.
All of PlusLife's grafts are donated and manufactured in Australia, with the majority of our grafts are used within Western Australia, with some sent interstate and overseas (New Zealand and Singapore) as required.
PlusLife has a robust quality system in place to ensure that our processes produce grafts of the highest quality.
There is no cost associated with donating bone and tissue, nor is any payment made to the donor or donor family.
Trading in human tissue is illegal in Australia, however, a 'fee for service' approved by the government is recoverable each time graft is implanted.
PlusLife receives donated bone and tissue through two donor programs:
Living donor program
Patients undergoing hip replacement surgery can choose to donate the ball part of their hip joint (femoral head), which is removed and otherwise discarded as a routine part of the procedure.
Cadaveric (deceased) donor program
It is important to discuss your wishes about organ and tissue donation with your family, so that your next of kin can make an informed decision if approached by a Donor Coordinator after your death.
You can register your donation wishes at your local Medicare office, or online at www.donorregister.gov.au.