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


The NSW Tissue Bank publishes a quarterly newsletter for the Lions NSW-ACT Save Sight Foundation. The newsletters feature updates and news on what's taking place at the NSW Tissue Bank and can be downloaded below:

NSW Tissue Bank Newsletter November 2020

NSW Tissue Bank Newsletter August 2020

NSW Tissue Bank Newsletter March 2020

NSW Tissue Bank Newsletter November 2019

NSW Tissue Bank Newsletter August 2019

NSW Tissue Bank Newsletter March 2019

NSW Tissue Bank Newsletter November 2018