As home to the highest number of organ donors in Australia in 2018, the Royal Melbourne Hospital is proud to celebrate DonateLife Week.
In 2018, 59 patients of the RMH Intensive Care Unit generously went on to assist a record 197 Australians.
This year alone there have been 16 organ donors through the hospital, whose donations have gone on to help 52 recipients.
RMH’s consent rate for organ donation in 2018 was 78%, compared to the Victorian average of 68% and the national average of 64%.
Associate Professor Chris MacIsaac, Director of ICU, said that RMH’s high level of organ donors could be attributed to the RMH Best Practice Model for Organ Donation.
“The RMH Model includes important practices such as ensuring discussions with family regarding end of life care are separate from discussions about organ donation”
“It has been so successful that in 2018, then-State Minister for Health, The Hon. Jill Hennessy announced that DonateLife processes developed at RMH ICU will be rolled out to all Victorian Hospitals,” he said.
More than 11,000 lives have been saved since DonateLife started 10 years ago.
Presently, Victoria leads the country when it comes to how many people have registered on the Australian Organ Donor Register. However, this number remains less than 30% in total even though almost 70% have expressed their support towards organ donation.
Around 1500 Australians are presently waiting for organ transplants. To register as an organ donor, follow these three steps:
- Visit the DonateLife website
- Select ‘Join the donor register’
- Enter your name, Medicare details, postcode and birthday, and then ‘Submit’.
You’ll be notified then and there if you’re already on the registry. If you’re not registered, by following these steps you’ll be automatically added to the register.