ORGAN DONATION – THE FACTS

One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of many people. Australia is a world leader for successful transplants. Australia’s donation rate has more than doubled in recent years, but there is much more we can do.

Around 1,400 Australians are currently wait listed for a transplant. On average, people on the transplant list must wait between 6 months – 4 years. A further 11,000 Australians are on dialysis, many of whom would benefit from a kidney transplant.

Did you know…?

  • In 2018, 1,782 lives were transformed by 554 deceased and 238 living organ donors and their families.
  • In 2018, more than 10,500 Australians benefited from eye and tissue donation.
  • The majority of Australians (69%) are willing to donate their organs and/or tissue when they die.
  • In Australia, 90% of families say yes to donation when their loved one is a registered donor. This compares to the national consent rate of 64%.
  • If our national consent rate reaches 70%, Australia would be in the top 10 performing countries.
  • 1 in 3 Australians are registered donors despite the majority (69%) believing that registering is important.
  • While the majority of Australians (71%) think it’s important to talk a with their family/partner, only half (51%) of Australians have discussed whether they want to be a donor.
  • Of the 36% of Australians who feel confident they know if their loved ones are willing to be a donor, 93% say they would uphold their wishes.

Our aim is to promote and encourage bringing up the conversation of organ and tissue donation to friends and family. You and your loved ones decisions could save the lives of many people.

Aussies who donated in 2018

The donation rates below are from the Australian and New Zealand Organ Donor Registry. The number represents how many donors per million people (dpmp) from that state or territory donated in 2018. The overall Australian donation rate in 2018 was 22.2 donors per million people (dpmp).

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To join the Australian Organ Donor Register and for more information, please visit DonateLife

ORGAN DONATION THE FACTS

  • One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people.
  • Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes.
  • Around 1,500 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists at any one time.
  • To lift donation rates the Australian Government, with State and Territory Governments, has implemented a national reform programme, ‘A World’s Best Practice Approach to Organ and Tissue Donation for Transplantation’.
  • The Australian Government funds dedicated doctors and nurses in 72 hospitals to work specifically on organ and tissue donation. These positions are part of the national DonateLife Network which also includes State Medical Directors, Organ Donor Coordinators and Donor Family Support Coordinators.
  • In 2014, 1,117 Australians received an organ transplant as a result of the generosity of 378 organ donors whose families agreed to donation at the time of their loved one’s death.
  • Complementing the significant progress made in the clinical sector, Australia needs more active engagement and awareness within the community to increase Australia’s family consent rate.
  • The Australian Government’s national reform programme includes actions to increase clinical capacity and capability and to increase community engagement and awareness in relation to organ and tissue donation. In Australia the family will always be asked to confirm the donation decision of the deceased before donation can proceed.

Did you know…?

  • Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes. In 2014, 378 organ donors gave 1,117 transplant recipients a new chance in life.
  • Australia’s 2014 donation outcomes represent a 53% increase over the 2009 outcomes, the year the DonateLife Network was established.
  • In 2014, Australia’s donation rate was 16.1 deceased donors per million population (dpmp), a 41% increase over 11.4 dpmp in 2009.
  • More than 60% of families give consent for organ and tissue donation to proceed.
  • Around 1,500 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists at any one time.
  • On average, people on the transplant list must wait between six months and four years.
  • The most important thing that helps a family’s decision is their knowing the donation decision of their loved one.

‘If you’d say YES to a life-saving transplant….have you said YES to becoming an organ and tissue donor?’

Visit DonateLife for more information