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Despite having a higher than average rate of viable donors, Australia’s organ donation rate is lower than much of the developed world. from www.shutterstock.com

Speaking with: Aric Bendorf on how to increase organ donation rates in Australia

Australia was once a world leader in organ donations, but today it lags much of the developed world. William Isdale speaks with Aric Bendorf about how to improve Australia's organ donation rates.
It’s time to go beyond improving the mechanisms for implementing existing laws. KieferPix/Shutterstock/Shutterstock

Three ethical ways to increase organ donation in Australia

Australia’s organ donation levels are low by international standards. At least twenty countries achieve better donation rates than Australia's 16.1 donors per million population (DPM).
Rather than changing the power dynamic between families and hospitals, we should improve our organisational practices and end-of-life care in hospitals. Africa Studio/Shutterstock

Don’t blame families for low organ donation rates, fix the system

Most families want to honour their loved one’s known donation wishes. A one-in-three veto rate suggests families are encountering barriers to organ donation in the hospital.
More Australians may be able to donate or receive organs if proposed NHMRC guidelines are adopted. Shutterstock

Waste not, want not: new organ donation policy could save lives

Australia has never had a great deceased organ donor rate – and it fell last year. But proposed guidelines from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) could change how donor organs are…
Trust in doctors to do the right thing. Organ by Shutterstock

How much should you be told about your organ donor?

The recent inquest into a case in Wales where two patients died following kidney transplants has focused fresh attention on the risks associated with transplantation. No transplant is risk-free, but the…
The demand for organs is growing but supply is not, so many people who need transplants die waiting. North Dakota National Guard

Black-market lottery: organ donation and the international transplant trade

Estimates suggest more than two million people worldwide would benefit from an organ transplant. While the donation rates vary greatly between countries, the contrast between the increasing numbers of…
Stalemate. We need a bioethicist. Donchiefnerd

Mistakes in moral reasoning are as lethal as medical errors

Ethical issues are rife in medicine. Arguments about abortion, organ donation and euthanasia regularly take their turn in the headlines, normally prompted by media scare-stories or an arising controversy…
“And then I instagrammed his appendix.” Mercy

Some doctor-patient social media relationships are NSFW

Patients have gone online, digital natives are entering medical schools and regulatory bodies, like the General Medical Council in the UK, are scrambling to respond to the impact these changes are having…
Organ donation isn’t so black and white. Shiela Tostes

Organ failure doesn’t discriminate but donation does

Organ failure affects people from a wide range of social, age, gender, educational, cultural, faith and ethnic backgrounds. Minority ethnic groups already experience many health inequalities and transplant…
We love the NHS but maybe we love life more. PA/Dave Thompson

Jumping the organ queue questions some core principles

Giving priority for transplants to people who have joined the organ donor register (ODR) isn’t a new idea and is already happening in countries such as Israel and Singapore. In Israel, where a points-based…

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