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Organ Donation

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Around 1,600 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists. These people are seriously ill and for many the generosity of an organ donor is their only chance for life itself.

Whilst Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes, it has one of the lowest donation rates in the developed world.

Become an organ or tissue donor

There are waiting lists for organ donations due to the relative shortage of donors and it is essential that more people consider becoming an organ donor and that they discuss it with family.

If you are interested in becoming a donor, you can:

Australian Organ and Tissue Donation Authority

The Australian Organ and Tissue Donation Authority was established on 1 January 2009 to oversee a nationally coordinated approach to organ and tissue donation for transplantation. The Authority is an independent statutory authority within the Australian Government Health and Ageing portfolio. 

The purpose of the Authority is to establish - in partnership with states, territories, clinicians, consumers and the community - a nationally coordinated approach to organ and tissue donation for transplantation.

Visit the DonateLife™ website for more information.