By Dom Vukovic
A $250 million funding boost by the Federal Government to the nation’s organ donation system has seen a 16 per cent increase in the number of Australians deciding to donate their organs.
Last year organs from 503 people who died were donated to almost 1,500 recipients across the country, according to the figures from the Government’s 2016 Australian Donation and Transplantation Activity Report, which is due to be released next month.
Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said it was clear that people’s generosity combined with the government’s campaign to raise awareness was saving lives.
“The decision to donate is one of the most selfless acts not only for the person receiving a lifesaving transplant but their families, friends and the communities they live in,” Minister Wyatt said
“By registering on the Australian Organ Donor Register you are letting your family know your intentions at an incredibly difficult time.
“I think [the Government’s campaign] has been effective, it’s had people thinking about it.”
Elice Mol, who underwent a lung transplant in 2012, said the new data would provide extra reassurance for people who were on a transplant waiting list.
“People waiting in clinics, who I know are still waiting for transplants, I feel like there is hope for those people,” she said.