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The Eye Bank Association of Australia and New Zealand (EBAANZ) have launched their new logo and new look website.
EBAANZ is the peek body for eye banking, eye donation and allocation in Australia and New Zealand. “Australians and New Zealanders who choose to become eye donors at the end of their life are invaluable for the sight restoration of other people awaiting a transplant, and we wanted our brand to reflect their contribution” says EBAANZ Chair Luke Weinel.
“Without donors, many Australians and New Zealanders would be without access to a sight restoring transplant, and surgeons and researchers would be without donations to support eye care research for those with vision impairment today and in the future.
“Our re-brand reflects the new life the gift of donation offers to recipients, and the vibrant colours intentionally attract attention to ensure the contributions donors make toward eye care are never forgotten.
“The design uses the ‘eye’ to focus on our two nations, and the ‘eye lids’ to connect and symbolise the unique relationship between the donor and recipient,” says Mr Weinel.
“Australians and New Zealanders who choose to become eye donors at the end of their life are invaluable for the sight restoration of other people awaiting a transplant, and we wanted our brand to reflect their contribution” says EBAANZ Chair Luke Weinel.
– Luke Weinel, EBAANZ Chair
As a result of the increased incidence of COVID-19 in Australia, EBAANZ has upgraded this risk of COVID-19 from low to medium.
EBAANZ recommends that donor deferrals based on travel history be expanded as follows:
The following deferrals remain in place:
These measures are consistent with the measures taken by the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.
In addition, EBAANZ considers that risk of transmission of SARS‐CoV‐2 is relatively unlikely. As such, donor screening and exclusions based on the above criteria are likely to be sufficient.
EBAANZ recommends that eye banks continue to update the TGA regarding any changes they make in respect of surveillance, donor exclusions or testing. In addition, eye banks should ensure that they record/document their response to the pandemic.
EBAANZ will continue to monitor the situation and inform members of changes as they occur. For further information please contact EBAANZ via: firstname.lastname@example.org
PERTH: Yesterday, Members of EBAANZ ratified Australia and New Zealand’s first regional Bioethics Framework concerning Human Tissue for Ocular Application, during their annual meeting held in conjunction with the Corneal Society, at the Perth Convention Centre.
Inspired by the Declaration of Istanbul – which was developed to support ethical practice and policy in human organ transplantation internationally – and encouraged by the World Health Organization, EBAANZ members collaborated with corneal surgeons, policy advisers of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, and obstetric representatives, to develop a framework relevant to the ANZ eye bank community and the wider eye care and donor communities. Dr Dominique Martin, bioethicist at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Health Equity also collaborated on the project.
“The Framework” says EBAANZ Acting-Chair, Dr Graeme Pollock, “focuses on 9 key strategies which are designed to guide care and professional conduct while completing donor consent, tissue preparation and tissue distribution aspects of our cornea, sclera and amnion tissue custodian service.
“The Framework will support our professionals to work together to address tissue needs within our population and provide guidelines to surgeons and eye banks who are approached by colleagues from other countries for humanitarian support.
“Our natural instinct is to always help others but we needed some guidelines for decisions about how and where we should help. It also meant that we were ensuring that the generous gifts of ANZ donors were being respected and that our priority remains the ANZ recipients.
“As a collective Association, we are aware of some of the issues facing other countries – which we are to-date blessed to not experience, so we also wanted to be pro-active and ensure that we continued to up-hold the standards and expectations of ANZ donors and recipients and ensure our services are not hampered by external factors”, says Dr Pollock.
The Framework’s key recommendations include the: activities and wellbeing of the donor, particularly the vulnerable donor; ethical collaboration and interaction with the local, national and global eye care communities and governments; the necessity for policy and training; tissue distribution and prioritization – especially during periods of insufficient supply; prevention of profiteering, trafficking and tampering; and accountability and effective leadership.
The Framework will support our professionals to work together to address tissue needs within our population and provide guidelines to surgeons and eye banks who are approached by colleagues from other countries for humanitarian support.
– Dr Graeme Pollock, EBAANZ Acting-Chair
For further information or to view the Framework, please contact: Heather Machin, EBAANZ Project Officer via: email@example.com |T: +61 3 9929 8377 | F: +61 3 9929 8711 | M: +61 412 581 881
Due to the recent outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa over the past few months, members of the Eye Bank Association of Australia and New Zealand (EBAANZ) have commenced collaboration and sharing of regional responses on the EVD – in relation to ocular tissue donation – to ensure national preparedness.
As response plans may vary across the country, EBAANZ therefore advise all Eye Bank Managers and Medical Directors to liaise with their local state authority to ascertain local/regional exclusion and deferral criteria for EVD, and implement immediate EVD awareness amongst their donor coordinator and within their organizations policy.
Immediate exclusion from donation
For further information, please contact: Heather Machin, EBAANZ Project Officer via: firstname.lastname@example.org |T: +61 3 9929 8377 | F: +61 3 9929 8711 | M: +61 412 581 881