Organ donations now at a record high

The increase in the donor rate comes in the second year of the government’s national reform agenda to increase organ and tissue donation. 

A total of 337 deceased Australians donated their organs last year, saving or improving the lives of 1001 people in need of an organ transplantation.

Donations increased by 9% (28) among donors and there was an 8% increase (70) in the number of recipients.

Australia and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry chair Professor Graeme Russ said the figures were the highest recorded in the country’s history.

Victorians recorded the highest number of donors with 107 people donating their organs upon death, followed by 77 people in New South Wales. The Northern Territory had the lowest number with only four donors.

Nationally the majority of states recorded an increase, with the most significant rises seen in WA, NT and Queensland.