6 June 2017
Join the Australian Organ Donor Register to help save the lives of more Australians.
How do I sign up? Visit www.donatelife.gov.au/decide to register your donation decision.
While the majority of Australians are willing to become organ and tissue donors, just one third have joined the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR). Many have not registered simply because they are unsure how to register, have not yet gotten around to it or indicate they would register if prompted to do so.
Registration of donation decisions has a direct influence on increasing donation for transplantation. Registration leaves a family in no doubt of their loved one's decision to save lives as an organ and tissue donor. In nine out of ten cases, families agree to donation proceeding when their loved one is a registered donor. This drops to just five in ten cases when the deceased is not a registered donor and the family has no prior knowledge of their loved one's wishes.
Australia has achieved strong growth in its donation and transplantation outcomes. In 2016, a record 1,713 lives were saved through the generosity of 503 deceased organ donors and their families and 267 living donors. Australia's deceased organ donors have doubled since 2009, when the national reform program to increase organ donation began.
At the same time, more than 1,400 Australians and their families are today waiting for the gift of a life-saving transplant. A further 12,000 Australians, whose lives would be vastly improved through receiving a kidney transplant, are on dialysis.
Please visit the Australian Organ Donor Register website for more information.