Journal article

Supply and Demand of Domestic Corneal Tissue and Its Implications on Export Potential-Using Australia as an Example

Heather Machin, Lisa Buckland, Pierre Georges, Mona Ghabcha, Tamme Golding-Holbrook, Candice Leighton, Adrienne Mackey, Luke Weinel, Victoria Whiting, Gerard Sutton, Paul N Baird

CORNEA | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2021

Abstract

PURPOSE: Corneal tissue importation is only possible if another country is able to export corneas without impacting its own domestic demand. Currently, there is little evidence to indicate whether export nations have such surplus capacity and in a position to export. To explore this concept, we examined our nation, Australia, which is reported to routinely decline donations because of its ability to meet domestic corneal transplant demand. Our research offers insights and opportunities for Australia and other nations to evaluate their domestic and international supply and allocation of corneal tissue in this space. METHOD: We collated 12 months of data on collected and noncollected donations..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

H. Machin: Postgraduate Scholarship supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) ID: APP1150637. P. N. Baird: Senior Research Fellowship Supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) ID: 1138585. G. Sutton: Medical Director with responsibilities to the Australian Ocular Biobank which is part of the OTDR Public Health. The Centre for Eye Research Australia receives Operational Infrastructure Support from the Victorian government.