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Petitioning Australian Government

Implement “presumed consent” for organ donation across the Country.

To have an Australian Government committee put in place in to set up to examine whether to implement a “presumed consent” for organ donation across the Country.
Australian Government should look at the scope for a move towards "presumed consent", where all Australians become potential organ donors unless they register a formal objection.
We must have a review into ways of increasing the number of adults registered as organ donors.
Across Australia, 1683 people are currently waiting for an organ donation, according to latest statistics from the Australia and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry.
“Persumed consent” is being introduced in Western Australia
The average Australian donor rate was 13.8 donors per million people.
DESPERATELY ill Australians are travelling overseas to buy body organs taken from impoverished people or executed prisoners, according to experts.
The trend is being fuelled by a chronic shortage of donor organs in Australia, where it is illegal to buy or sell organs.
Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes, yet has one of the lowest donation rates in the developed world.
Around 1600 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists.
On average, people on the transplant list can wait between 6 months and 4 years.
Australia's family consent rate is low, with less than 60% of families giving consent for organ and tissue donation to proceed.
Australians' donor record in 2010
The average Australian donor rate was 13.8 donors per million people
South Australia: 18.8
Tasmania: 19.7
Northern Territory: 8.7
Victoria: 17.7
Western Australia: 9.6
Queensland: 10.8
Australian Capital Territory: 17.3
New South Wales: 12.4

Grieving families often go against the wishes of potential organ donors by refusing to donate their organs.


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