Statement from the Organ and Tissue Authority

The Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) welcomes the independent review to be undertaken by Ernst and Young of the national reform programme to increase organ and tissue donation for transplantation.  The review presents an opportunity to identify how the reform is progressing and opportunities for improvement.

From a low base, Australia’s donation rate has increased significantly since 2009 when the DonateLife Network was established.  For the period 2009-2014, Australia’s number of deceased organ donors has increased by 53% and the number of transplant recipients increased by 38%.  However, there is more to be done and the OTA will work with the review team to identify where further improvements can be made in order to save more lives through transplantation.

The progress to date is due to the intensive efforts of the national DonateLife Network, state and territory governments, colleagues in the donation and transplantation sectors, peak bodies and community organisations in partnership with the Organ and Tissue Authority.

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