'Dead' hearts transplanted in Aussie world first

The procedure has been described as a "paradigm shift" that will herald a major increase in the pool of hearts available for transplantation.

It's predicted the breakthrough will save the lives of 30% more heart transplant patients.

Until now, transplant units have relied solely on still-beating donor hearts from brain-dead patients. But the team at the St Vincent's Hospital Heart Lung Transplant Unit announced today they had transplanted three heart-failure patients using donor hearts that had stopped beating for 20