PlusLife is a not-for-profit charitable organisation, and one of Australia's premier tissue banks.
At PlusLife, we collect, screen, store, and distribute donated human bone and tissue grafts for use in surgical procedures to treat conditions such as spinal deformities, arthritic joint disease, bone cancers, sports injuries, and facial and dental reconstructive surgeries.
All of our grafts are donated and manufactured in Australia, with our robust quality system ensuring that our processes produce grafts of the highest quality. The majority of our grafts are used within Western Australia, with some sent interstate and overseas to patients in locations such as New Zealand and Singapore as required.
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.
We receive 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 Donor Program
During their lifetime, people may indicate a wish to donate organs and tissue after their death. Following the death of a loved one, the next of kin is approached to consent to the donation of musculoskeletal tissue (long bone and associated tissue such as tendons, ligaments & fascia) for transplant purposes. 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