Allocation Protocol Issues Register

The Allocation Protocol Issues Register

  • records issues with application of the NZ Kidney Allocation Scheme (NKAS) algorithm, corrective action taken and preventative advice to mitigate against a recurrence,
  • disseminates learnings among other NZ clinical practice sites. 

The register does not replace District Health Board (DHB) or other legally required disclosures.

Australian and New Zealand Paired Kidney Exchange Program (ANZKX)

The New Zealand Kidney Exchange (NZKE) Programme is now cooperating with the Australian programme and has been renamed  ANZKX.

You can access the ANZKX protocols and forms on the Donate Life website.

Continuous improvement

What are the components of a quality service for donor and recipient assessment for kidney transplantation? What are expected local variations in processes, and how is equity of access to be assured? This resource aims to answer these questions, and to provide guidance for services seeking change to increase the rate of kidney transplantation for their patients.

Guidelines for the Evaluation of Living Kidney Donors in NZ

The purpose of this guideline is to define the appropriate information and/or investigations that should be completed for evaluation of living kidney donors.

Guidelines for funding travel/accommodation for potential live kidney donors not resident in New Zealand

Immunisations in adult end stage kidney disease – Recommendations 2021

The Immunisations in adult end stage kidney disease recommendations is a guideline on the vaccines available for dialysis and transplant patients.

National Kidney Allocation Scheme

The National Kidney Allocation Scheme is an algorithm used for the allocation of deceased donor kidneys and non-directed donor kidneys.

New Zealand Pancreas Allocation Scheme

The national Pancreas allocation scheme is an algorithm used for allocating deceased donor pancreases, with or without other organs (most commonly with kidneys).

National Review Policy for Patients Declined Access to Deceased Donor List

This policy sets out the process for a referring nephrologist to seek a review of a decision by a renal transplant centre to decline access to or remove a patient from the deceased donor waiting list.

Receiving a deceased donor’s kidney

For information about the deceased donor waiting list, getting on the list or receiving a kidney, read the pamphlet on the Deceased organ donations and transplants page.

Reducing Disparity of Access to Kidney Transplantation between Regions

Background and advice for senior district health board funders to enable decision making oriented at increasing access for underserved populations to kidney transplantation in New Zealand.

Research projects

Live Donor Renal Transplantation Cross Matches in 2016 in New Zealand and their Outcomes to Transplantation 

Review of the cross matches performed for the purpose of live kidney donation in the year 2016 in New Zealand and the outcomes of these donor and recipient pairs. 

Review of the New Zealand (NZ) experience with donation after circulatory death (DCD) kidney transplantations 2008-2016.

Review of the NZ national experience and outcomes with DCD kidney transplantations since its introduction in 2008. 

Roles, responsibilities and communication during allocation and retrieval of deceased donor kidneys

This policy describes communication that occurs between health professional groups during the processes around retrieval and allocation of deceased donor kidneys, and includes when and how biopsies are used to assess marginal deceased donor kidneys before transplantation.