Australia reached its highest ever number of organ donors in 2011, according to official figures released today by the Australia and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry (ANZOD) and the Organ and Tissue Authority.
"A total of 337 Australians, who tragically lost their lives in 2011, saved or improved the lives of 1,001 people in need of an organ transplant. This is the highest annual total of deceased organ donors and transplant recipients in Australia's history," said Professor Graeme Russ, Chair of ANZOD.
Australia's 2011 donation outcome of 337 donors translates to an increase of an additional 28 donors for the year, above the 2010 outcome of 309 donors. This is a 9% increase above the previous year.
The 2011 total of 1,001 transplant recipients translates to an increase of an additional 70 recipients for the year, above the 2010 outcome of 931 recipients. This is an 8% increase above the previous year.
"2011 marked the second full year of implementation of the Australian Government's national reform agenda to increase organ and tissue donation. The 2011 outcomes lift Australia's donor per million population (dpmp) rate to 14.9, an increase of 4.7 dpmp since the commencement of the national reform agenda," said Dr Jonathan Gillis, National Medical Director of the Organ and Tissue Authority.
The majority of states reported increases in 2011, with the most significant rises being in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. The number of donors per state/territory for 2011 is: Victoria – 107; New South Wales – 77; Queensland – 67; South Australia – 35; Western Australia – 33; ACT – 8; Tasmania – 6; and, the Northern Territory – 4.
Vision and interview opportunity:
Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King, will be available to discuss the above figures and take media questions when she formally launches the 2011 Organ Donation and Transplantation Performance Report at the Western Hospital, Footscray, Victoria, today at 10.30a.m.
The 2011 Organ Donation and Transplantation Performance Report is available from the DonateLife website
The 2011 Report from the Australia and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry will be available from the ANZOD website at 9:00am.
The Australia and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry (ANZOD) is responsible for the collection and reporting on deceased organ donors in Australia and New Zealand. ANZOD records and reports on a wide range of statistics that relate to organ donation following death within Australia and New Zealand.
The Organ and Tissue Authority leads implementation of the Australian Government's national reform agenda to increase organ and tissue donation and transplantation. The Authority's aim is to: increase capability and capacity within the health system and to build community awareness and stakeholder engagement across Australia to promote organ and tissue donation.