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The Facts About Organ Donation

In 2013, 391 organ donors gave 1,122 Australians a new chance in life

On average, about 1,500 people are on the transplant waiting list at any time. About fifty of those waiting are children. In Australia, more than one person will die every week waiting for their organ transplant.

Transplant waiting times vary widely and depend upon availability of suitable organs. Individuals waiting for organ transplants can wait an average of one to four years for their life saving transplant surgery.

One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of ten or more people. One conversation with your family today could one day save the lives of many.

Although three in four Australians have discussed the subject with family members, only 53% of people know their loved ones’ organ donation decisions.

Have the chat that saves lives!

Know the facts, not the myths

Since 2005, Queenslanders have been unable to register their donation wishes on their driver’s licence.

Only the Australian Organ Donor Register allows you to register your consent to donate. By telling your family, partner and friends your wishes and registering your consent, you have done the two most important things to ensure your wish to donate will be carried out. Visit www.donorregister.gov.au or phone 1800 777 203.

Less than 1% of people 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.

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.

Most of the world’s religions including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Jehovah’s Witness, and Sikhism support organ/tissue donation and transplantation as an act of generosity, merit and benevolence.

Australia has one of the highest transplantation success rates in the world. Since 1965, more than 40,000 Australians have received life saving or life enhancing organ and tissue transplants.

A person’s decision to donate organs for transplantation does not allow for removal of organs for any other purpose. Additional consent must be given specifically for organs/tissues to be used for science or research.

More information is available at www.donatelife.gov.au