Kidney/pancreas transplantation

Location of the Transplant Office - Monash Medical Centre Clayton. Level 3, Block E. Close to ward 34 south and the incentre haemodialysis unit. Enter from the main hospital entrance or near the rear of the hospital, via Wright Street.

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Three types of treatment are conducted:

1. Kidney transplantation 

A kidney transplant or renal transplant is the transplant of a kidney into a patient with end stage kidney disease. Kidney transplantation is typically classified as either a deceased donor or a living-donor transplantation, depending upon the source of the recipient organ.

Live donor renal transplants are characterised as genetically related (living-related) or non-related (living-unrelated) transplants, depending on whether a biological relationship exists between the donor and recipient.

Patients may obtain a live donor transplantation before commencing any form of dialysis.

Accessing a deceased donor organ is subject to the waiting list and clinical test results.

2. Simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplantation  

The kidney is transplanted together with the pancreas. This is performed in patients with diabetes mellitus type 1, in whom the diabetes is due to destruction of the beta cells of the pancreas and in whom the diabetes has caused renal failure (diabetic nephropathy). This is always a deceased donor transplant. For individuals with diabetes and renal failure, the advantages of earlier transplant from a living donor are approximately equal to the risks of continued dialysis until a combined kidney and pancreas are available from a deceased donor.

3. Pancreas transplantation 

As per the information provided above in number 2, pancreas-only transplantation is also conducted.  

Monash Health is one of two hospitals in Australia delivering pancreas transplants to patients living in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Known as a Nationally Funded Centre Program, these highly specialised transplants are funded in full by all Australian State and Territory Governments.

Useful links

To find out more, such as:

  • What is a kidney transplant
  • Who can have a kidney transplant
  • How are kidneys matched
  • What happens during and after a transplant
  • What medication is needed after a transplant

Please refer to these links:

Kidney Health Australia

Transplant Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ)

Donate Life

Transplantation Society

HealthDirect Australia


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For all enquiries, please call the transplant office on 03 9594 3093

Head of transplantation unit: Professor John Kanellis

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Transplant Nurse Co-ordinators: Elaine Kennedy - Office 9594 3441 Mobile 0418 425 071. Orla Maney - Office 9594 4781, Mobile 0418 691 357. Tia Mark - Office 9594 3011, Mobile 0427 149 152. Kate Fitt - Office 9594 4824, Mobile - 0435 642 070. 

Main Physicians:

Professor John Kanellis
A/Professor Bill Mulley
Professor Kevan Polkinghorne
Dr. Jessica Ryan
Dr. Pauline Branley
Dr. Matthew Damasiewicz
Dr. Joanna Ghali
Dr. Mellinda Tee



Mr. Alan Saunder
Mr. Roger Bell
Miss Nancy Suh
Mr. Ming Yii
Mr. Stephen Thwaites
Mr. John Gribbin
Mr. Michael Wu


For information about Donate Life, click here. Donate Life is an Australian Government strategy to increase community engagement and awareness in relation to organ and tissue donation. To register as an organ donor via the Australian Organ Donor Registry, click here.