AusCord is the Australian National Network of Umbilical Cord Blood Banks and Cord Blood Collection Centres. The network comprises three public cord blood banks: Sydney Cord Blood bank, BMDI Cord Blood Bank and Queensland Cord Blood Bank at the Mater.
AusCord aims to provide greater opportunities to patients who need a life-saving procedure through cord blood transplantation.
Australia needs a cord blood supply that reflects the genetic make up of its population which would ensure a greater degree of compatibility and there is a need for this life saving service.
AusCord is primarily funded by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments. The cord blood banks also receive substantial financial support from individuals, community groups and charitable agencies – in particular:
- Ronald McDonald House Charities
- The Bone Marrow Donor Institute
- Australian Cord Blood Foundation
- Mater Hospitals’ Foundation
- Rotary Australia
- Lions Clubs of Australia
- Lions Medical Research Foundation
- Inner Wheel Australia
- The Leukaemia Foundation
AusCord complies with the WMDA international standards for unrelated haematopoietic stem cell donor registries.
The AusCord cord blood banks are licensed by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to collect, process and store cord blood units. The banks are also accredited under the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), an international organisation that promotes the highest quality standards and laboratory practices for cord blood banks. Maintenance of the TGA licence and FACT accreditation requires consistently good performance at regular audits.