PlusLife was established as the Perth Bone & Tissue Bank (PBTB) in 1992. It is a not-for-profit organisation and the only bone bank in Western Australia.
PlusLife began life on a laboratory bench at Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre in Nedlands, with 2 staff and 2 freezers donated by the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Women’s Auxiliary located in a cottage on the Hollywood Hospital campus.
After a start-up grant from the Lotteries Commission of WA (now called Lotterywest), the bank relocated to a laboratory at the Royal Perth Rehabilitation Hospital in Shenton Park. This grant enabled the bank to purchase additional freezers and to recruit more staff.
A further Lotteries Commission of WA grant in 1998, enabled the bank to move to refurbished premises on the Hollywood Private Hospital campus in Nedlands, which included a special laboratory for tissue processing.
In June 2013 the bank underwent a rebrand and adopted the name PlusLife. The name symbolises exactly what the organisation strives to achieve - the pure concept of adding to people's lives by improving their wellbeing and mobility - and that's a plus.
As PlusLife had outgrown its space at Hollywood and urgently needed to move, the WA Government was lobbied to support the creation of a dedicated facility for the organisation. $10m was allocated in the 2015/16 health budget to fund the development of a purpose built facility to facilitate the enhancement of the retrieval, testing, storage, processing, and transplantation of our bone and tissue graft.
The government funding enabled PlusLife to relocate the entire operation to the site in Midland, where the bank resides today.