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Australia entering a new era in organ and tissue donation

16 January 2012

Transplant Australia, the national community voice for organ and tissue donation and transplantation, has today (Monday, January 16) welcomed news that the highest ever number of Australians were saved by transplantation in a single year in 2011.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Health & Ageing, Catherine King, today announced that 1,001 Australians received a life-saving transplant in 2011.

Transplant Australia National Chairman, Dr Alan Amodeo OAM, congratulated all those involved stating that Australia was entering a new era in the success of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

“All governments, federal and state, deserve our congratulations for their commitment to improving organ and tissue donation in this country. This is a good program with year-on-year improvements in the donation rate. A total of 1,001 recipients in a great result considering that the average number of recipients each year between 2000 and 2008 was just 681 recipients,” Dr Amodeo said.

“But our biggest thanks must go to the families of the 337 organ donors who gave the greatest gift of all. While the decision to donate your loved one’s organs is never easy more and more it is becoming accepted as the ‘normal’ decision to make.”

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 Australia entering a new era in organ and tissue donation