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Organ donation in Australia

Organ donation in Australia

People of any age, regardless of gender, ethnicity or religion, could one day need a life-transforming or life-saving transplant. Kidneys for transplantation come from living or deceased donors.

At any one time, more than 1,500 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists. The average waiting time for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor is over three years.

The first successful kidney transplant in Australia was performed in 1965, and since then more than 30,000 people have received transplants.

Australia currently has one of the highest success rates for organ transplantation in the world, with survival rates in the first year exceeding 90 per cent.

Fact sheet: Organ and tissue donation and transplantation


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