SHARELIFE NEWS & UPDATES

More Australians than ever are giving the gift of life

28 February 2017.

For Australians awaiting an organ transplant, a promising milestone has been achieved. As of January this year, a 12-month rate of 510 donors has provided 1451 transplant recipients with a second chance at life.

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Australia one step closer to world-class organ donation rates if government delivers on review response

5 February 2016.

After extensive analysis of the Department of Health’s Review of the Implementation of the National Reform Agenda for Organ Donation, ShareLife has welcomed the Federal Government’s response.

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Struggles with kidney failure, like Jonah Lomu's, are preventable

24 November 2015.

Robert Little, an inquiry secretary with the House of Representatives who has kidney failure, writes in the Sydney Morning Herald on the death of Jonah Lomu and organ transplantation in Australia.

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ShareLife thanks donor families this inaugural Thank You Day

22 November 2015.

This inaugural Thank You Day, ShareLife says a very big thank you to all deceased and living donors and their families, whose gift of organ and tissue donation has saved and transformed the lives of countless people.

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Australia continues to waste organ donation money

13 October 2015.

Australian organ donation plummets two places to 22nd in international leaderboard ranking. New annual international comparison figures show that Australia’s global standing in organ donation and transplantation for 2014 has plummeted from 20th to 22nd place whilst 13 other countries such as Croatia, Belarus and Malta have increased faster than Australia.

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Organ Transplantation for the XXI Century: Spanish Model

1 September 2015.

The rate of deceased organ and tissue donation has been shown to improve significantly in countries that follow a model close to the so-called 'Spanish model'.
The Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with Sharelife and The University of Sydney, is presenting a free seminar in Chippendale on 8 September 2015 at 6pm to establish the basis of the requirements to implement the successful Spanish experience in Australia.

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Leadership and accountability are essential to prevent waste of new organ donation money

13 May 2015.

The Federal Government’s ‘Accelerating Growth in Organ and Tissue Donation for Transplantation’ measures announced in last night’s budget fall short of addressing major issues with the national approach to organ donation in Australia, and risk pouring more money into a broken system.

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Organ donation in Australia: money misspent and lives wasted

8 May 2015.

After 21 months of continuous decline in Australia’s organ donation rate, ShareLife, a community group made up of business experts, medical professionals, transplant recipients and donor families, is calling for real change to the way Australia’s organ donation system is being managed.

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ShareLife's Brian Myerson on ABC PM Program

10 February 2015.

On the ABC's PM program, Bridget Brennan interviews Professor Jeremy Chapman, world-leading kidney transplant expert at Sydney's Westmead Hospital and ShareLife Director, Brian Myerson. Brian says that Australia's transplant operations should be double what they are now and progress is far too slow.

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Record organ donation and transplantation in Spain

29 January 2015.

Spain returned to beat its record of organ donation and transplantation, with 36 donors per million people and a total of 4,360 transplant recipients in 2014.

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Nation’s first dedicated organ donation research unit at RPA

13 August 2014.

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital will host Australia’s first dedicated organ donation and transplantation unit, in a bid to increase donation rates across the state. The NSW Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, the Hon Jillian Skinner, visited RPA to make the announcement, also launching Sydney Local Health District’s strategic plan, Organ Donation for Transplantation Plan 2014 - 2017, developed through extensive consultation with the NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service, clinical experts from RPA, other districts and overseas.

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New Outcomes Australia CEO 

1 January 2014.

Global expert, Dr Maria Paula Gomez, is the CEO of Outcomes Australia. Originally from Colombia, Dr Gomez has played a key role in both the program development and the international roll out of Spain’s world-leading organ donation and transplantation system.

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Organ donors in 2012

First and foremost, ShareLife Australia acknowledges and thanks donor families and friends and recognises that this generous gift to humanity is made at a time of trauma, sadness and grief. Thank you. Because of the 29 donors in October, 2012 many more lives have been saved and transformed.

The organ donor rate in Australia is about 15 donors per million people (dpmp). The top 8 countries in the world achieve a donor rate between 25 and 35 dpmp. The world-leader, Spain achieved a dpmp of 35.3 in 2011.

October Update:

  • We continue to track about the same as last year, or no improvement.
  • There were 29 deceased organ donors in October.
  • There have been 285 donors to October 2012
  • There were 286 donors over same period last year.

Source: ANZOD


International Rankings for deceased organ donation revealed

19 October, 2012.

ShareLife Australia produces an annual international ranking scorecard. Source: Council Of Europe 2011 Transplantation newsletter, published October 2012.

In 2011 Australia was ranked 22nd in the developed world for deceased organ donation for transplantation.

To review the country rankings click here.

To read the Sharelife media release click here.

Note: Australia's donor per million population (dpmp) was reported to The Council of Europe by the Organ and Tissue Authority as 14.9 dpmp in January 2012. This figure was revised in September 2012 to 15.1 dpmp after new population data became available as a result of the 2011 census. This revision has no impact on Australia's international ranking which remains 22.