Record numbers donate organs
THE highest ever organ donation rate for the month of July was achieved last month with 33 deceased donors giving a second chance at life to 98 Australians in need of a transplant, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing Catherine King said yesterday.
“This year to date we have achieved the highest organ donation rate of 201 donors and the highest transplant recipient outcome of 593 transplant recipients for the same period in any year since national records began. This is an encouraging result,” Ms King said.
As at July, the Australia and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry showed there were 201 organ donors compared to 174 organ donors for the same period in 2010 representing a 16% increase. This year to date, the number of transplant recipients has increased to 593 transplant recipients compared to 526 for the same period in 2010 representing a 13% increase this year.
Transplant Australia said more people than ever were receiving a transplant and this reflected in the official waiting list reducing from 1875 on January 3, 2008, to 1590 by August 4.