Bone and tissue bank on move
STAFF from PlusLife this month started their relocation from Nedlands to a new home in Midland.
Administration staff moved to an existing building at the corner of Yelverton and Helena streets, which is leased to the organisation.
The state of the art Midland headquarters will eventually include cleanrooms, testing and research laboratories, and a freezer store that will enable WA’s only bone and tissue bank to continue its work in bone grafts and tissue transplants.
Construction is set for December, will take about a year to complete and was funded by the State Government to the tune of $10 million.
Technicians will staff the Nedlands facility to maintain the tissue processing and graft distribution functions while construction is underway.
PlusLife managing director Anne Cowie said it marked a new era for the health service.
She said many people did not realise that tissue donation was possible, with bone donation the second most common human transplant after blood.
“Thousands of West Australians have been helped by PlusLife and bone and tissue donations. Last year more than 500 patients were supplied bone and tissue transplants,” she said.
An artist’s impression of PlusLife’s new facilities in Midland.