One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people.
Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes however 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, implemented a national reform program, ‘A World’s Best Practice Approach to Organ and Tissue Donation for Transplantation’. The Australian Government funds dedicated doctors and nurses in 72 hospitals across Australia to work specifically on organ and tissue donation.
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.
In Australia, the family will always be asked to confirm the donation decision of the deceased before donation can proceed.