Mystery over why so many kidneys are going to waste

The rate of non-utilisation has doubled, study shows

The rate of unused kidney donations has more than doubled in Australia and New Zealand but it is unclear why, researchers say.

Organ donation

A study led by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute examined de-identified Australia and New Zealand Organ Donor Registry (ANZOD) data on just over 7800 kidneys retrieved from deceased donors from 2005-17.

By comparing the non-utilisation rates in the period 2005-12 with the period 2013-17, the team aimed to determine if the era in which kidneys were donated was an independent predictor for