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 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.
Thanks to public support and a $10 million grant from the state government we have recently relocated to a new home and secured a long term lease in Midland. Without this grant and community support PlusLife would have been forced to close. The heritage listed building accommodates our staff and provides plenty of room for growth into the future.