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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

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…

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