Rise in Australian organ donations disputed

ORGAN donation and transplantation rates in Australia are at the highest levels since national records began, a report shows.

The Mid-Point Implementation Review Report of the National Reform Package, commissioned by the Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing Catherine King, found Australia’s progress in increasing transplants was comparable to other nations which were trying to improve.

So far this year transplants increased 12% compared to 2010, with 763 Australians receiving a transplant from 254 deceased organ donors.

Australia had 43.8 organs transplanted per million population in 2010, a 14% increase over 2009.

However, reform lobby group ShareLife Australia dismissed the report as “political spin”, saying that while Australia needed 35 donors per million population, we currently had only 14 donors per million, the same level achieved in 1989. 

With the exception of Victorian hospitals, few of