MORE ARE GIV­ING THE GIFT OF LIFE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

LAST year was a record for or­gan do­na­tions in Aus­tralia, the or­gan do­na­tion registry has re­ported. There were 435 dead or­gan donors, which re­sulted in 1303 or­gan trans­plant pro­ce­dures. A to­tal of 1483 or­gans were trans­planted, sav­ing the lives of 1241 peo­ple. It was a growth of 61 per cent in the do­na­tion rate since 2009 when a na­tional re­form pro­gram was in­tro­duced. Aus­tralia’s growth was higher than Spain (51 per cent) and the United King­dom (39 per cent) at the same stage of their re­form pro­gram. The break­down was NSW 127; Vic­to­ria 126; Queens­land 72; South Aus­tralia 42; WA 42; Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory 13; Tas­ma­nia 9 and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory 4. Since 2009, 7250 peo­ple have re­ceived do­nated or­gans. Just think of the joy that has brought to so many fam­i­lies. To reg­is­ter you just have to go to the web­site and fill in a few sim­ple ques­tions. Visit www.donatelife.gov.au

Rick Lee- re­gional editor

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