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Canberra sets record for organ donation

The ACT is on track to equal its best year yet in multi-organ donations, Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann said today.

Australia’s annual rate of organ donation stagnated at about 11 donors per million people in 2009.

“This calendar year we’ve seen Australia’s first major improvement in organ donor rates in over 20 years and we’re now edging close to 14 donors per million,” said Ms Brodtmann.

“So far, 258 donor families had already donated organs that have saved or improved the lives of at least 784 Australians.

“In the ACT alone we’ve already had nine multi-organ donors, equalling our best year yet, thanks to the Labor Government’s $150 million investment in 2008 to improve organ donation management and promotion across Australia.”

Former Gift of Life President, Anne Cahill-Lambert, who needs a lung transplant, said more than 80 percent of Australians support organ donation yet only 60 percent accept the invitation.

“We’ve seen real improvement in the last 12 months, but that needs to be sustained and grown through ongoing awareness raising and family discussions,” said 
Ms Cahill-Lambert.

“I encourage all Australians to discover the facts about organ donation, decide what they want to do and discuss their decision with their loved ones.”

Spain has the highest ratio of organ donations per million people at about 34 donors per million. The United States has 21 donors per million people and the United Kingdom has 15 donations per million people.

Media contact

John Snobar (Brodtmann) 0435 059 099