First ANZ Liver Transplant
In 1985 the first liver transplant was performed in Australia or New Zealand.
First Report Created
In 1988, the three then established liver transplants units in Australia agreed to combine their data from all the liver transplants performed so far into a central database, to provide an overall report of Liver transplantation and the outcomes and the first report was produced. Annual reports have been produced since then.
Initial funding for the ANZLTR from 1988 – 2000 was by the liver transplant units.
Liver Transplantation established in New Zealand
In 1999 when liver transplantation was established in New Zealand, it became a collaborative study of Australia and New Zealand and so was named the Australia and New Zealand Liver Transplant Registry [ANZLTR].
In 2001 the first agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia government provided funding for a part-time data manager and report production costs.
An ANZLTR Management Committee was formed and members come from the Head or a senior consultant for each of the liver transplant units and the ANZLTR data manager.
Occasional financial support has been received from pharmaceutical companies to assist in specific database development.
Currently some support is being received for Astellas.
Web Based Database Developed
In 2003 the Management Committee decided to move to a web based format and the liver transplant units provided the funds for the development of a web based database.
Data collection in new web based platform commences
After importation of historical data, prospective data collection in the web based platform began in January 2004.
Data collection is real time with data added as it occurs. With the advent of this format listing data was collected for the first time and since then all new listings and their outcomes have been collected.
Data Collection Expanded
Since 2005 there has been a consistent expansion of the data collected starting with a module for the collection of hepatocellular cancer data in 2005.
Subsequent expansion has covered information of urgent listings, living donors, pregnancy and data relevant to the annual Nationally Funded Centres Report of paediatric transplantation activity.
In 2007-08 the Commonwealth Funding Agreement was extended to include the costs of the web based program hosting and software that the units had been funding up until then.
This extended funding also included monies for data entry services and some further development of the database.
Currently the ANZLTR is fully funded by the Australian Government Organ and Tissue Authority [AOTA].
An ANZLTR report is produced annually containing data to end of the previous year and is available on this website in June each year.