It is important to share your wishes about organ donation with your family and know theirs, as your family will be asked to confirm organ and tissue donation decision, even if you have registered with the Organ Donor Register. Approximately 60% of families give consent for organ and tissue donation to proceed of those who have registered.

Approximately 1 600 people are on the Australian Organ Transplant waiting list at any time. One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of ten or more people.

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding organ and tissue donation.


  • Your family will be asked to confirm the donation decision, even when you have registered your decision
  • Almost all religions support organ and tissue donation , very few do not.( 20% of families of families that declined donation did so out of religious or cultural reasons in 2014 )
  • Age is no barrier, each potential donor is assessed on an individual basis. People of 70-80years have saved others through tissue and organ donation
  • You don't have to be in perfect health to donate, those who smoke and drink are eligible. The determining factors are when and how a person dies and the condition of their organs and tissues
  • Organ and tissue donation is specialised surgery and does not disfigure the body. The donors' body is treated with dignity and respect and the family can still have an open casket viewing if desired.
  • The doctor's first priority is always to save your life. Organ and tissue donation is only considered when it is clear that the person has died or death is inevitable, at which time the Australian Organ Donor Register will be checked.
  • Donation is a rare event, only 1% of hospital deaths allow for organ donation. Most of these rare deaths are sudden and unexpected with the patient dying in a hospital Emergency Department or Intensive Care Unit on a ventilator.
  • 1600 people are on the transplant waiting list at any one time and some may die waiting for a transplant. Most people who are unwilling to become a donor say this would change if they or a family member needed a transplant. If as a community we expect to receive a transplant, then we as a community need to be prepared to donate.

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