Janine Freeman MLALabor Member for Mirrabooka

Your local Labor MP

Talk to your family about organ donation today

Tuesday 22 Feb 2011

Make sure you talk to your family about your organs today.
 
Australia has a world class reputation for successful transplant outcomes.
 
Australia also has one of the lowest donation rates in the developed world.
 
In 2010, 309 organ donors gave 931 Australians a new chance in life.
 
Around 1700 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists at any one time.
 
As of 02 December 2010, 1663 Australians were on the waiting lists.
 
On average, people on the transplant list must wait between 6 months and 4 years.
 
In 2010, the Australian population had 13.8 deceased donors per million people.
 
In Australia, less than 60% of families of potential donors give consent for organ donation to proceed.
 
Around 40% of families in Australia do not give consent. In many cases it is because they do not feel they can confidently make a decision about the wishes of the deceased.