About Us

NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service

The NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service (OTDS) is the state-wide NSW Health agency responsible for increasing organ and tissue donation for transplantation in NSW.

Access to organ donation and transplantation is vital in the provision of quality health care in NSW – especially when it can mean the difference between life and death.

NSW residents are encouraged to discover the facts about organ and tissue donation and register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register. It's also important to share your decision with loved ones. This is because they will be asked to confirm you wanted to be a donor before donation can proceed. The most important thing for families is knowing what their loved one wanted.

NSW Tissue Banks

The NSW Tissue Banks incorporating the Lions NSW Eye Bank and NSW Bone Bank, is a state-wide service for the identification and coordination of eye, musculoskeletal, skin, and amnion donors.

The NSW Tissue Banks has a range of highly trained staff including coordinators, retrieval technicians, laboratory staff and a quality team.

It facilitates the retrieval, storage, preparation and distribution of tissue in NSW and the ACT.

Below is a short video showcasing the work done at the NSW Tissue Banks.

Australian Ocular Biobank

Developed in collaboration with Sydney University Save Sight Institute, and under the governance of the NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service, the Australian Ocular Biobank (AOB) will allow for the long term storage of a range of ocular tissue for research purposes from living and deceased donors. 

The AOB will play a significant role in the understanding and treatment of various causes of eye disease and vision impairment in Australia, such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, eye conditions.

A first of its kind, the AOB will serve as a resource for researchers in the discovery of new treatments and preventative strategies.

To find out more information about the AOB contact SESLHD-AOB@health.nsw.gov.au / 02 9382 7855