Organ Donations

Shirley HampsonBlog

Facts and statistics

One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of many people. Australia is a world leader for successful transplants. Australia’s donation rate has more than doubled in recent years.

Did you know?

  • Around 1,400 Australians are currently waitlisted for a transplant. A further 11,000 are on dialysis, many of whom would benefit from a kidney transplant.
  • In 2017, 1,675 lives were transformed by 510 deceased and 273 living organ donors and their families.
  • In 2017, more than 9,600 Australians benefited from eye and tissue donation.
  • The majority of Australians (69%) are willing to donate their organs and/or tissue when they die.
  • In Australia, 90% of families say yes to donation when their loved one is a registered donor. This compares to the national consent rate of 59%.
  • If our national consent rate reaches 70%, Australia would be in the top 10 performing countries.
  • One in three Australians are registered donors despite the majority (69%) believing that registering is important.
  • While the majority of Australians (71%) think it’s important to talk a with their family/partner, only half (51%) of Australians have discussed whether they want to be a donor.
  • Of the 36% of Australians who feel confident they know if their loved ones are willing to be a donor, 93% say they would uphold their wishes.

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