Organ and tissue donation is a life-saving and life-transforming medical process. It is important that everyone discovers the facts about organ and tissue donation, decides whether to become a donor and discusses their decision with their family.
Organ and tissue donations are medical processes that save and transform lives.
Organs and tissues are removed from a donor and transplanted into someone who is very ill or dying from organ failure or into one of the many Australians whose lives are transformed through eye and tissue donations. Research shows that the majority of Australians support organ and tissue donation.
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. Many people die each year waiting for the gift of a transplant. Some spend weeks or months in hospital, while others make several trips to hospital every week for dialysis or other treatment.
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.
Almost everyone can donate organs and tissues - there is no age limit on the donation of some organs and tissues. The determining factors are where and how a person dies and the condition of their organs and tissues. While your age and medical history will be considered, you shouldn't assume you are too young, too old or not healthy enough to become a donor.
In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.