Organ donation can save the lives of up to 10 people, and tissue donation can improve the lives of dozens more.
It’s a subject we all need to know the facts about because in Australia organ and tissue donation won’t go ahead unless your family gives the OK.
So it’s important that families have a discussion about organ and tissue donation and know each other’s donation wishes.
Get the facts and make up your own mind about organ and tissue donation by reading the fact sheets or visiting donatelife.gov.au
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Did you know?
Australia has a world class reputation for successful transplant outcomes.
Australia also has one of the lowest donation rates in the developed world.
In 2017, 510 organ donors and their families gave 1402 transplant recipients a new chance in life. Around 1400 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists at any one time.
On average, people on the transplant list must wait between 6 months and 4 years.
In 2017, the Australian population had 20.7 deceased donors per million people.
In Australia,approximately 60% of families of potential donors give consent for organ donation to proceed.
The most important thing that helps a family’s decision is their knowing the wishes of the loved one.