An organ donation foundation chief believes a positive increase in the number of Australian organ and tissue donors should not deflect attention from the country’s growing transplant waiting list.ESTELLE GRIEPINK January 30, 2014 6:51am
The Australia and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry said Australia achieved its highest-ever rate of organ donation last year.
There were 1122 transplant recipients and 391 organ donors, which represented an organ donor increase of 10 per cent from 2012 to last year, and 58 per cent since 2009.
Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation chief executive Allan Turner said there was still an urgent need for donors, despite the figures.
‘‘It is a positive result, but it’s still short of the world’s best practice. We’ve still got a very long way to go as a country,’’ Mr Turner said.
International rankings put Australia in 21st place for organ donation, compared to world leader Spain, which is followed by France, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation is aiming to get Australia into the top 10 within the next decade.
‘‘It’s a disgraceful figure to have as a modern society,’’ Mr Turner said.
‘‘We’ve got a hell of a way to go if we want to make it to the top 10.’’
Mr Turner urged people to remember the number of patients who were still waiting for organ and tissue transplants.
His daughter Zaidee’s organs and tissues improved the lives of seven people when they were donated after she died in 2004.
The Orrvale Primary School student, 7, was the only Victorian under the age of 16 to donate that year.
‘‘It’s great to have 391 donors, but that doesn’t help the 1600 patients who are waiting. The list is increasing, not decreasing,’’ he said.
‘‘There are 50-plus children currently waiting for a transplant and about half of those will die waiting in the next 12 months.’’
State Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell urged families to talk about organ and tissue donation.
‘‘To optimise every potential organ and tissue donor, we need to have the chat with our family members so we know each other’s donation decision,’’ Mrs Powell said.
‘‘Having the chat can make a life-saving difference to people waiting for a transplant. It can be the difference between seeing and being blind, mobility and never walking again.’’
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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