In 2009, the Commonwealth of Australia Health and Hospitals Fund awarded $13 million to build a new home for the DTBV.
Due for completion in 2015, the new DTBV building will be a world class facility, built to meet the specific requirements and high standards for tissue and cell retrieval, processing (including cell culture), storage, and distribution in Australia.
Its close proximity to the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine facility maximises synergies with relevant organisations such as the VIFM, the Coroners Court of Victoria, hospitals, universities and other research centres.
When fully operational, the new DTBV facility will accommodate future growth in tissue processing and storage, and the development of new tissue products.
The new facility will boast increased storage capability and a state-of-the-art tissue donation suite including a dedicated operating theatre. This will provide optimal and respectful conditions for the donation procedure and clearly separate coronial processes from processes specific to donation. This separation is becoming increasingly important as more non-coronial donors are transferred to DTBV for donation.
By working closely with families and their funeral directors, these arrangements rarely delay the family’s funeral arrangements and assure the utmost respect and care for the deceased.