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Welcome to Transplant Australia

  • 2014 AUSTRALIAN TRANSPLANT GAMES

    The 2014 Australian Transplant Games will be taking place in Melbourne from 26 September, 2014 - 4 October, 2014. The Games are a celebration of the gift of life that organ and tissue donation is, and are a way of saying 'thanks' for donation. Sports range from high exertion sports such as swimming, athletics and cycling, to low exertion sports such as ten pin bowling, board games and petanque. While the Australian Transplant Games are a fantastic way to get involved in sports, they are about much more than competition. For participants the Games are about getting involved, meeting new people and promoting organ and tissue donation and transplantation to the Australian public. We would love to have you at the Games - whether as a participant, supporter of volunteer. For more information on Australia's most inspirational sporting event and to register click here

  • TRANSPLANT TREK FOR KIDS

    A new initiative to raise fund for the paediatric transplant units at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead and Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, is now in full swing. Transplant Australia CEO, Chris Thomas, is undertaking a personal quest to ride his Surly Disc Trucker bicycle 4,226kms from Perth in Western Australia to Sydney in NSW. The ride kicks off on Thursday, October 9. Already more than $15,000 has been donated towards the ‘Exercise for Life’ cause behind this initiative which aims to help children exercise pre and post-transplant.  Tianna Zilifian, who received a life-saving liver transplant, recently invited Chris to her school at Ingleside to talk about the ride. If you would like to support the ride please visit: https://transplanttrek.everydayhero.com/au/chris
  • QLD SOCCER TOURNAMENT

    It is here again! QLD will be holding their second annual soccer tournament and everyone is invited to get involved. It will be held on Saturday 23 August from 9-3pm at Brisbane Albion Sports Centre. Register your team now here! For more info download the flyer here  QLD soccer

  • NEW MEMBERSHIP PORTAL

    Transplant Australia is pleased to announce it has a new membership portal for new and renewing members. The system, powered by RegOnLine is the same system used for games registration making it much smoother user experience for our members. Please visit the new site and let us know what you think
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    WATCH THREE INSPIRING TRANSPLANT STORIES

    As part of Transplant Australia's Diversity Project, we have produced three inspiring short films which tell the stories of Mohammad Farran, Mohamed Taleb Hawcher and Mary Chan. In each film, the transplant recipient shares their transplant journey and encourages multicultural Australia to learn the facts about organ and tissue donation.

    Watch Mohammad Farran's short film here.

    Watch Mohamed Taleb Hawcher's short film here.

    Watch Mary Chan's short film here.

  • TRAVEL INSURANCE PARTNERSHIP - INSUREANDGO

    Transplant Australia is proud to announce we have an exciting new partnership with a new travel insurance provider, InsureandGo! InsureandGo are a premium travel insurance provider, who are well established in the market. Travel insurance has often been difficult for transplant recipients to access, and we are proud to be able to continue to provide this platform to our members, making access to travel insurance simple and easy. Of course everyone is assessed on a case-by-case basis but we have great reports from our members of their successful applications so far. To apply for travel insurance simply access the Transplant Australia portal here. If you need more information please contact the InsureandGo National Office on 1300 552 701.
  • PROFESSOR JEREMY CHAPMAN NAMED WORLD NUMBER ONE KIDNEY TRANSPLANT EXPERT

    Transplant Australia Board Member, Professor Jeremy Chapman, has been named the number one expert on kidney transplantation in the world. Professor Chapman, from Westmead Hospital in Sydney, contributes his success to his amazing team, and is humbled by the recognition that has come with this award. Congratulations to Jeremy on both the award and his amazing work over the past 30 years, saving thousands of lives through the gift of organ donation. You can read the news article here.

  • APPOINTMENT OF JASON RYAN AS A DIRECTOR

    We are proud to announce the appointment of Jason Ryan to the Board of Directors of Transplant Australia. It is an exciting time for Transplant Australia, with so many opportunities to promote organ and tissue donation to the Australian public in 2014 and Jason will be taking on a fundamental role in helping us to maximise these opportunities.

    Sustaining our organisation continues to be a challenge and we are reviewing how we can secure Transplant Australia for the future. Part of the answer to this lies in securing forward-thinking business people to help our board develop a long term future for Transplant Australia, assisting us to build sustainable partnerships that will help promote our message and cause.

    Jason has been helping Transplant Australia over the past few years with innovative fundraising activities, and his passion lies in helping us to promote the increase in transplant rates and maximising our fundraising potential as well as our continued promotion around the Australian Organ Donor Register.

    Jason Ryan is the Director of Legal Affairs at Treasury Wine Estates in Melbourne as well as the Foudner and Director of MMU, a philanthropic group who support The Royal Children’s Hospital, Red Cross, Lifesaving Victoria and of course Transplant Australia.

    With the appointment of Jason from Victoria and the long standing position held by Jan Wall from Queensland, we are meeting our targets of representing various states within the Transplant Australia board.

    Welcome Jason!

  • TWELVE AUSTRALIANS ARE GIVEN THE GIFT OF LIFE

    Twelve Australians have received the gift of life in an anonymous live kidney donation and transplantation exchange. This is the largest group of people to benefit from living donor matches at one time. The procedures involved more than 80 medical professionals, without who the gift of organ and tissue donation would not be possible. We wish all 12 people all the best in their post-surgery recovery and we pay tribute to the generosity of those who gave the incredible gift of a kidney. You can read the news article here.

  • SWIMMING AND ATHLETICS - SPORTING BODY ACCREDITATION

    Transplant Australia is pleased to announce we are working with Athletics Australia and Swimming Australia to give transplant recipients another pathway to improved health and fitness. Transplant Australia, as the governor of transplant sports in Australia, will now manage the process of verifying applications from transplant recipients to participate in Athletics Australia and Swimming Australia local, regional and national events. Transplant recipients, who are eligible to compete in the World Transplant Games (solid organ or bone marrow recipients) will be eligible to compete under the Athletics Australia TF60 Classification. This adds to our role in verifying eligibility for transplant recipients to compete in the S16 Multi Class Competitions run by Swimming Australia. If you wish to participate in either of these competitions, even at a local level, please have the attached form completed by your transplant physician and returned to Transplant Australia. You can download the form here.   Sporting Body Accreditation

  • TRANSPLANT AUSTRALIA'S INSPIRATIONAL BOOK - THE GIFT

    In 2013 Transplant Australia launched our inspirational book, The Gift. The Gift is a book of hope, where 21 transplant recipients and their families share their own personal transplant journey, inspiring others of the life you can lead post transplantation. Thanks to our sponsors we have had enough books produced that everyone who comes on to the transplant waiting list will be able to recieve a copy. If your hospital or transplant unit have run out of copies please feel free to contact Richelle King in the national office on (02) 9922 5400 or richelle.king@transplant.org.au.

  • INCREASED DONATION RATES

    The Federal Government has announced that 1,122 Australians received a life-saving transplant in 2013 thanks to the generosity of 391 organ donors. One in four transplants now occurs because of the changed approach to organ and tissue donation in Australia and these are the highest donation figure since national records began. Transplant Australia would like to celebrate this by thanking every family of the 391 donors - thank you for giving the gift of life. Read the media release here.
  • TRANSPLANT AUSTRALIA AND THE STUDENT AMBASSADORS & VOLUNTEERS FOR ORGAN DONATION (SAV'D) AGREE ON JOINT PROMOTION OF DONATION

    Transplant Australia and the Student Ambassadors & Volunteers for Organ Donation (SAV'D) have signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to help increase organ and tissue donation rates in Australia. SAV'D was formed in 2011 and plays a unique role in promoting the importance of donation to fellow medical students, other students on university campuses and the general community. Both Transplant Australia and SAV'D have a shared objective of working to save more lives through the gift of life and increasing registrations on the Australian Organ Donor Register. You can read the media release here.
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    TRANSPLANT AUSTRALIA & GIFT OF LIFE FOUNDATION WORKING TOGETHER

    The Boards of Transplant Australia and the Gift of Life Foundation have this week signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to help increase organ and tissue donation rates in Australia. The MoU helps fulfil a long-standing objective by Transplant Australia to provide support for smaller charities in the organ and tissue donation sector and to strengthen the community voice in this lifesaving area. The Gift of Life Foundation works through sporting organisations in Sydney and across Australia to encourage more Australians to sign on as registered organ donors. Both TA and the Gift of Life Foundation have a shared objective of working to save more lives through the gift of life and increasing registrations on the Australian Organ Donor Register. Transplant Australia is very excited about this partnership and look forward to working closely with the Gift of Life Foundation in the future. Read the full media release  MoU TA and Gift of Life

  • TRANSPLANT AUSTRALIA'S THANK YOU ROSE

    It is your last chance to order Transplant Australia’s Thank You rose for delivery in late August. The 'winter' Thank You Rose is being sold bare rooted, the best way to buy roses. They are $45 each including delivery and are packaged nicely for the idea of a gift. Delivery only to the eastern states due to quarantine restrictions. Transplant Australia, has been overwhelmed by both our members' and the general public's response to the release of "Transplant Australia's Thank You Rose" and would like to thank everyone for their generous support. This beautiful rose is a wonderful symbol of gratitude, when the words “thank you” just aren’t enough. Click here to purchase.

  • AIG TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Transplant Australia has an arrangement with AIG Travel to offer travel insurance at a discount rate to our members. Of course everyone is assessed on a case by case basis but we have great reports from our members of their successful applications. Please contact the National Office for more information.