Supporting better patient outcomes in regional areas

The Back to Bush Program

One of the best ways to support excellent patient treatment outcomes in the underprivileged areas of our region is to provide local and visiting ANZ clinicians and surgeons access to functional, state of the art diagnostic and surgical technologies. Hence, ZEISS Australasia created the Back to Bush Program.

There are three elements to the Back to Bush Program. The first is to provide recent model reconditioned ZEISS surgical microscopes to needy centres in outback Australia and Oceania. These microscopes come to us via trade-in against new microscope purchases. Newer model instruments are fully reconditioned to factory standards and properly packaged in order to ensure a long working life abroad. By simply trading in your old ZEISS microscope against the purchase of a new one, not only will you and your patients benefit from significant technology advancements, you can make a substantial contribution towards improving the quality of patient care in our region.

The second element is to provide Australian and New Zealand surgeons with access to a high-quality, portable surgical microscope for use during good will surgical visits across the region. The microscope is supplied on a loan basis with the agreement that the borrower will take good care of the instrument and return it to us in the agreed upon timeframe.

Third, we donate reconditioned and some new diagnostic devices for use in charitable services in outback Australia and around our region. Because diagnostic devices are typically more sensitive and require more care than surgical microscopes, we take care to understand the environment the instrument will go to when determining whether and how we can support clinics and hospitals.

Through Back to Bush, we have placed over 100 microscopes and diagnostic instruments throughout the Australian outback and greater Oceania. We are proud of our contribution, and we thank our customers for their enabling support as well as our R&D teams for creating robust, high quality instruments, which make this endeavour possible.

Trade in Program

Simply trade in your old ZEISS microscope against the purchase of a new OPMI® LUMERA, OPMI® TIVATO or OPMI® KINEVO microscope, and you will receive the following benefits:
  • Special trade-in values to support easy upgrades to new technology
  • The latest surgical microscope technology for your theatre
  • ZEISS will recondition select traded-in microscopes1 and donate them to needing regional areas on your behalf2.
  • Your donation will be recognised via a plaque on the microscope, and you will be able to learn about the recipient via the ZEISS website.
  • And most importantly, you will have helped to make a difference to the lives of a lot of people.

Loan Unit Program

You may borrow our portable, table-mounted OPMI® 1FR pro microscope for your visit to remote, indigent regions today by simply contacting us on 1300 365 470 (AU) / 0800 334 353 (NZ) to arrange a booking. We will ship the unit anywhere with ANZ free of charge. We only ask that you take care of the microscope! It must be shared between many.

Diagnostic Instrument Donation

We are particular about what we donate where due to instrument sensitivity and maintenance requirements. If a site you visit has a need that a ZEISS diagnostic instrument could address, please contact us on 1300 365 470 (AU) / 0800 334 353 (NZ) to discuss the situation.

To find out more about our Back to Bush Program, please contact your local sales representatives on 1300 365 470 (AU) / 0800 334 353 (NZ).

  • 1 All ZEISS microscopes are welcome for trade-in though not all microscopes may be suitable for donation. Our objective is to donate more recent generation microscopes in order to support prolonged, problem-free operation abroad.
  • 2 ZEISS will donate all reconditioning costs to bring the unit up to factory specifications and will prepare the unit for overseas shipment. We ask that recipients arrange for freight charges from Sydney to the instrument’s final destination.