The Austin Health Department of Nephrology provides a comprehensive Kidney (Renal) Transplantation Service. This includes evaluation of kidney transplant recipient and donor candidates, living and deceased donor transplantation, and long-term follow-up care for donors and recipients.
The unit is proud to have been recognised as an Australian Kidney Exchange (AKX) transplanting centre. ABO blood group incompatible transplantation, transplantation of sensitised recipients (higher immunological risk transplantation), and transplantation from increased viral risk donors are also performed by the service.
Austin Health performs approximately 70 kidney transplant procedures per year and conducts approximately 3,200 outpatient transplant reviews per year.
The Kidney Transplantation Service has a close working relationship with the Victorian Liver and Intestinal Transplant Unit. Via this and other collaborations, we provide shared care to individuals who receive kidney transplants in addition to other organs such as liver, bowel, stomach and pancreas transplants.
We also collaborate with the Royal Children’s Hospital, providing living donor workup and donor surgery for paediatric transplant recipients, transitional care for paediatric transplant recipients moving to the adult service at Austin Health, and a shared transplant surgical service between the centres.
Transplant recipient obstetric care is provided by our transplant physicians at the Mercy Hospital for Women, co-located with Austin Health.
A comprehensive suite of support services with experience in caring for transplant recipients is available at Austin Health.
These include access to specialist transplant pathology testing, transplant histopathology, interventional radiology, intensive care, vascular and urologic surgical services, and transplant dermatology, infectious disease and bone health clinics.
Ongoing development and investment in these skills and services is driven by co-location at Austin Health of multiple organ transplantation units.
International, national and local clinical trials, as well as basic science translational research, are conducted in the unit. Teaching and training for a variety of professional training programs occurs in the unit.