Transplant rules work well, say experts

TRANSPLANT experts are confident Australia’s organ donor systems are rigorous enough to stop illegal trade in body parts, following revelations of Australia’s first case of human organ trafficking.

They say news of an elderly Sydney woman who allegedly brought a young woman from the Philippines to harvest her kidney was unique and that doctors follow strict guidelines here to ensure vulnerable donors were not taken advantage of.

Transplant Australia chief executive, Chris Thomas, said while there were 1591 Australians on the organ waiting list, there was no need for Australians to "prey on the poor and vulnerable in Third World countries".

"I think the system is working given the fact that there are strong psychological tests and investigations done by doctors before any altruistic donation is made," he said.

"Altruistic donation is a wonderful thing, but there can't be any financial incentives involved,” he said

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