The Australian government revealed figures yesterday (January 22) that indicated a steady increase in organ donation during 2012, resulting in more lives being saved through transplantation.
Parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Catherine King said that 2012 figures were 5 per cent higher than the previous year, with the national donation rate increasing by 38 per cent since 2009, when the Organ and Tissue Authority was established.
Kidney Health Australia said that kidney transplants from deceased donors hit an "all-time high" in 2012, with 606 Australians on the waiting list receiving a transplant.
"Kidney Health Australia is encouraged to see these numbers rise, because the truth is that only about seven per cent of people on dialysis get a kidney transplant from a deceased donor each year," said Kidney Health Australia's chief executive officer Anne Wilson.
Although the organ donation rates have improved, there were still over 1,000 people waiting for a kidney transplant in Australia as of September 2012, with the national average waiting time four years.
"In light of this we need to continue the national conversation about organ donation" said Ms Wilson.
"Only by discussing your organ donation intentions with your family can you ensure that your wishes are honoured. While it is a difficult conversation to have, it is one that could potentially save many lives."
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