DonateLife states that around 1,600 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists, with potentially ten or more lives being changed by one organ and tissue donor.
Parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Catherine King announced today (December 10) that Australia had achieved the highest monthly deceased organ donation outcome since the national records were established.
"In November this year, Australia achieved a record number of 45 deceased organ donors, providing life-transforming transplants for 141 Australians," Ms King said.
"This is an encouraging outcome. I pay tribute to the generous donors and their families who consented to organ donation proceeding as well as the dedicated clinical staff."
As at the end of November, Ms King noted that four states (Northern Territory, Tasmania, Queensland and the ACT) had achieved their highest ever donation outcome, which she remarks is an "outstanding achievement".
Ms King added that increasing family consent rates in Australia is "vital" in seeing rates continue to rise, with families asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased before donation for transplantation can proceed.
"Around 40% of families say no to organ donation in part because they did not know the donation wishes of the deceased. This alone highlights why every Australian family should ask and know each other’s donation wishes," Ms King said.
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