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Organ and tissue donation saves lives.
One donor can transform the lives of up
to 10 people and significantly improve
the lives of many more.
People of any age regardless of gender,
ethnicity or religion can one day need a
life-transforming or life-saving transplant.
Around 1,600 people are on Australian
organ transplant waiting lists at any one
Very few people -- less than 1 per cent
-- will die in hospital in the specific
circumstances where organ donation
is possible. Many more have the
opportunity to donate tissue.
The majority of Australians are
both willing to become organ and
tissue donors and know that family
confirmation is required for donation to
Australia is a world leader for successful
Around 1,500 people are on Australian
organ transplant waiting lists.
In 2013, 1,122 Australians received
an organ transplant as a result of the
generosity of 391 organ donors whose
families agreed to donation at the time of
their loved one's death.
In Australia families will always be asked
to confirm the donation decision of their
deceased loved one's before donation
The majority of Australians (96 per cent)
who are aware of their family members'
decisions indicate that they would uphold
In Australia more than 60 per cent of
families give consent for organ and tissue
donation to proceed.
The majority of Australians (80 per cent)
recognise it is important to discuss their
donation decisions with the people close
Currently 75 per cent of Australians have
discussed their donation decision with
It's a week when South Australians are
particularly encouraged to set time aside and
'have the chat that saves lives'.
DonateLife Week events and activities will be
held at Repatriation General Hospital, Noarlunga
Hospital and Flinders Private and Ashford
There will also be displays in the main foyer, the
Gus Fraenkel Library and in the Liver and Renal
Wards at Flinders Medical Centre. Display boards
in the Emergency Department and around FMC
will also feature information about donation.
DonateLife SA Donation Specialist Nursing
Coordinators Alison Hodak, Tricia Williams
and Luke Datson will be on hand throughout
the week to answer questions and provide
information about organ and tissue donation.
The DonateLife team will also have a stand at
Flinders University's O'Week event on Monday
24 February, at Westfield Marion on Tuesday
25 February and also at the FMC Volunteers'
Friday Breakfast 28 February in the level 2
courtyard at FMC.
Have the chat that saves
lives -- DonateLife Week
The southern metropolitan area will come together in full force to raise
awareness of organ and tissue donation for the annual DonateLife Week,
starting Sunday 23 February.
The Australian Government funds
dedicated doctors and nurses in 72
hospitals nationwide to work specifically
on organ and tissue donation. Australia
achieved a 10 per cent increase in donation
outcomes in 2013 with 391 donors
compared with 354 donors in 2012.
In South Australia there were 34 solid
organ donors in 2013, compared with 29
in 2012. In addition 82 people became
corneal donors with 156 corneas used for
DonateLife Week will be held until
Sunday 2 March.
Australia's donor record in 2013
The following statistics on organ donation
in Australia have been compiled from the
Australian and New Zealand Organ Donor
• 391 organ donors donated to 1,122
• The average Australian donor rate was
16.9 donors per million people.
Transplanted organs in Australia
Pancreas (includes Pancreas islets)
By state the donor rate in 2013
(per million people)
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
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