Monday, September 28, 2015

Kidney exchange in Australia: steady progress

Here's a cheerful story about a 3-way kidney exchange in Australia,
Paired kidney exchange program gives patients waiting for organ donation new chance at life.

The Australian Paired Kidney Exchange Programme, run by Paolo Ferrari, seems to be making steady progress.

Here's the Australian Paired Kidney Exchange (AKX) programme Biannual Report #5 as of 30 June 2015
"To date the AKX programme has facilitated 121 live donor kidney transplants...
"Several innovations have been introduced or are under way this year. The NOMS-PKE platform has
undergone significant system revision and improvement, increasing its stability and performance; a
clearly defined process for enrolment of altruistic donors was made available to interested participating units and a pathway for hepatitis B core antibody positive donors as well as the corresponding matching option in NOMS have been developed and will be available from the next
match cycle in August 2015. A working party of Australian and New Zealand delegates is exploring
process and policies that may enable collaboration between the two countries with the AKX programme. This is a very exciting prospect that will benefit both Australian and New Zealand
incompatible pairs."

Incidentally, in the  Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours List, Professor Ferrari was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of his work in establishing kidney exchange in Australia.

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