AUSTRALIAN ORGAN DONATION PERFORMANCE
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AUSTRALIAN ORGAN DONORS & TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS
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 DPMP. In 2008, the government provided the funding "to establish Australia as a world leader in organ donation for transplantation". After 8 years and a $300M injection of funds, Australia is still performing at only 50% of world leading practice.
ORGAN DONORS PER MILLION OF POPULATION
Over the 8 years there has only been a growth of 8.7 DPMP.
ORGAN TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS
As the Reform Package was not correctly implemented, 4,283 people missed out on receiving a transplant between 2009 and 2016.
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receiving a transplant
(from 2009, cumulative)
One organ donor may be able to save the lives of many recipients as multiple organs can be donated to several people.
Targeted Number of Transplants over the years are obtained from the "Reform Package" Budget presented to Cabinet in 2008.
2015 and 2016 is based on 90 transplant recipients per million population.
Since the formation of the Organ and Tissue Authority in January 2009, ShareLife Australia has used national organ registry data from ANZOD to produce a quarterly scorecard that tracks Australia’s performance in the global context. Just Prior to the formation, for the 12 months ended December 2008, Australia procured 39 Transplant recipients per million population (pmp). Despite the $45,000,000.00 annual support by the Federal Government, the number of transplant recipients for the 12 months ended Dec 2016 has only increased to 59.6 pmp. To be a "world leader" we need to be doing nearly 90 Transplant recipients pmp.
Follow the links below to view each of the scorecard reports (PDF).
The distribution of population by State in Australia varies widely. The chart below shows that, regardless, the number of donors per million population are not consistent across States and Territories. Some states have consistently performed above the national rate over the last few years (e.g. SA and Vic) while other states have continued to perform below the national rate (e.g. NSW and WA). The smaller States and Territories also tend to experience larger variations in donors per million population measures year on year.
Given the size of population in NSW, VIC and QLD, any improvements in these States from a donors per million population perspective will have a dramatic impact on the number of donors in Australia.
In 2015, 81 Donor hospitals in Australia procured 435 donors. The chart below shows the first 31 hospitals ranked by number of organ donors. Note the remaining 50 hospitals (not shown) had four or less donors.
When ranking hospitals by the number of organ donors in 2015 :
- The leading hospital had 37 donors
- 14 out of 81 hospitals (17%) had 10 or more donors (235, amounting to 54% of total donors)
- 17 out of 81 hospitals (21%) had between 5 and 9 donors (113, amounting to 26% of total donors)
- 50 out of 81 hospitals (62%) had 4 or less donors (87, amounting to 20% of total donors)
Comparing the average of the 7 years prior to that of the 7 years post establishment of OTA, 9 hospitals increased by more than 5 donors per annum with the size of the increase declining rapidly after these.
Data for 2015 was released in January 2017.
ShareLife is calling for more timely and transparent release of data.
See how Australian organ donation performance compares with the rest of the world and performance by leading practice in organ donation.