AUSTRALIAN ORGAN DONATION PERFORMANCE - LEADING PRACTICE & GLOBAL COMPARISON

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AUSTRALIA VERSUS LEADING PRACTICE

Globally organ donation rates are measured in Donors Per Million of Population (DPMP) as this takes into account changes in population over time. Leading Performance is 40.2 DPMP.  As at December 2015, Australia was performing at 18.1 DPMP, less than 50% of world leading practice.

In 2015, Australia was ranked 20th in the world, despite expenditure of over $250 million over seven years. If we had reached leading performance as intended, around 1400 more lives could be saved each year.

graph showing the gap between Australia and world leading countries in organ donation

The gap between Australia’s performance and leading performance has only been closed by 8.7% over six years, even though an unprecedented $240 million has been spent. This is a very poor return on investment; one that results in the needless suffering and loss of life of over 1000 Australians each year.

graph showing deceased donors trends in Australia compared with leading practice


GLOBAL COMPARISON

In 2015, Australia was ranked 20th in the world in terms of number of donors per million population.

graph showing Australia's ranking of 20th in the world

Over the period from 2008 to 2015, Australia's number of organ donors per million population only increased by 6.0 whereas other countries such as Croatia and Iceland increased by more than 20.

graph showing change in deceased donors 2008-2015 by country