Figures released by the Australian and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry (ANZOD) and the Organ and Tissue Authority show organ donation outcomes in Australia in 2013 are at their highest levels since national records began in 1989.
Still more needed
Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash said Australia has achieved solid growth in donation rates, with 2013 representing a 58 per cent increase over 2009 data, when the DonateLife Network was established.
She said the number of transplant recipients has increased by 39 per cent since 2009.
“In 2013, 1,122 Australians received a second chance at life because of the generosity of 391 organ donors and their families. The families of organ and tissue donors are to be thanked and commended for upholding the decision of their loved one and giving others the gift of life,” Senator Nash said.
“The growth in donation and transplantation outcomes since 2009 has resulted in an additional 314 Australians, or one in four transplant recipients, receiving a transplant out of the 1,122 total transplant recipients in 2013.”
She said between 2000 and 2008 there was an average of 200 donors annually. In 2013 there were 391 organ donors.
Senator Nash said this was a promising increase given that organ donation was such a rare event, and urged all Australians to discuss organ and tissue donation with their loved ones.
“Only around one per cent of people die under the specific circumstances in hospital, where organ donation is possible, with many more having the opportunity to donate tissue. It is up to families to ultimately give final confirmation for organ and tissue donation to proceed,” she said.
For more information and the Organ and Tissue Authority 2013 Performance Report visit the DonateLife website.