Organ and tissue donation 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 1600 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists.
- To lift donation rates the Australian Government, with State and Territory Governments, has implemented a national reform package, '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 2012, 354 organ donors gave 1,053 Australians a new chance in life.
- The number of organ donors and transplant recipients in 2012 was the highest since national records began.
- Complementing the significant progress made in the clinical sector, Australia needs more active engagement and awareness within the community to increase Australia's consent rate.
- The Australian Government's national reform agenda includes actions to increase clinical capacity and capability and to increase community engagement and awareness in relation to organ and tissue donation.
- The majority of Australians are generally willing to become organ (78%) and tissue (75%) donors.
- Only around 1% of people actually die in hospital in the specific circumstances where organ donation is possible. The circumstances in which you can become a tissue donor are less limited.
- In Australia the family will always be asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased before donation can proceed.
- In Australia 61% of families give consent for organ and tissue donation to proceed.
- The most important thing that helps a family's decision is their knowing the wishes of their loved one.
- 47% of Australians do not know or are not sure of the donation wishes of their loved ones.
- The majority of Australians (96%) that are aware of their family members' wishes indicate that they would uphold those wishes.
- The majority of Australians (81%) recognise it is important to discuss their donation wishes with the people close to them.
- 75% of Australians have now discussed their donation wishes with their family.
- Nearly 2 in 3 Australians (58%) have had a discussion with their loved ones about their donation
- Every family making the decision about whether to agree to a donation proceeding is able to receive dedicated support from DonateLife Donor Family Support Coordinators, whether or not donation proceeds.
- The quality of care for a potential donor at the end of his or her life, and the wishes of their family, is always the foremost consideration of those involved, and is never compromised by the potential for organ and tissue donation.
- We encourage all Australians to register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register and most importantly to discuss their donation decision with family members.
For an overview of organ and tissue donation and transplantation activity in Australia the performance updates and report cards section of our website.
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Australians' donor record in 2012
The following statistics on organ donation in Australia have been compiled from the
By state the rate was (per million of the population):
New South Wales: 12.4
2012 Transplanted organs in Australia: