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Transplant Australia Statement on Transplantation Rates for June 2010

06 July 2010

 

Transplant Australia Statement on Transplantation Rates for June 2010

Latest statistics on organ donation rates show recent increases are being sustained with 100 patients transplanted in June in Australia.

Four weeks ago Transplant Australia issued a media release congratulating the Federal Government on an almost unprecedented increase in donation and transplantation rates with 30 donors leading to 99 transplants in May.

Figures for June reveal there were 31 donors resulting in 100 patients receiving life-saving transplants.

This is against a background of an average of 63 transplants per month over the past three years in Australia.

Transplant Australia Chief Executive Officer Chris Thomas said the Federal Government’s Organ & Tissue Authority, donor families, and all the doctors, nurses, donor and transplant co-ordinators deserved significant praise for continuing to improve Australia’s rate of donation.

Queensland achieved eight donors, NSW seven, Victoria six, Tasmania two, South Australia three and Western Australia five in June.

The decision by these families resulted in 58 kidney transplants, 23 liver transplants, seven heart transplants, one heart-lung transplant, 12 lung transplants, four pancreas transplants and three pancreas islets transplants.

Mr Thomas said the Federal Government’s ‘To Donate life, discuss it today, OK?’ campaign was continuing to build confidence in the organ and tissue donation and transplantation system in Australia.

“The more we talk about donation and its positive outcomes, the more families are inclined to agree to donation,” Mr Thomas said.

“We encourage all families to have the conversation now so the heartache is taken out of the decision-making process in the event of a person being considered for donation.”

Transplant Australia will continue to comment on monthly donation rates and hopes Australia will achieve record numbers this year which will significantly help reduce the list of 1,700 patients waiting for a life-saving transplant.

More information

Chris Thomas (02) 9922-5400 or chris.thomas@transplant.org.au