Discover the Facts and Statistics
Lung transplantation has come along way.
There are many fascinating facts and statistics that reflect Australia’s world-class lung transplant outcomes.
Here are a few to share with your family and friends.
Organ Donation & Transplantation Facts
Organ transplantation is still often seen as a ‘miracle’ however there are decades of successful transplants outcomes.
The following facts from Transplant Australia and DonateLife give a great overview of organ donation:
- One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people
- Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes, but we still have a long way to go
- Around 1,600 Australians are currently waitlisted for a transplant. A further 12,000 are on dialysis, many of whom would benefit from a kidney transplant.
- In 2019, 1,683 lives were transformed by 548 deceased and 239 living organ donors and their families.
- In 2019, more than 12,000 Australians benefited from eye and tissue donation.
- The majority of Australians are willing to donate their organs and/or tissue when they die.
- In Australia, 90% of families say yes to donation when their loved one is a registered donor. This compares to the national consent rate of 62%.
- In Australia the family of every potential donor will be asked to confirm the donation decision of their loved one before donation can proceed.
- If our national consent rate reaches 70%, Australia would be in the top 10 performing countries.
- One in three Australians are registered donors despite the majority (69%) believing that registering is important.
- In 2019, there were over 221,641 new registrations on the Australian Organ Donor Registry.
- The majority of Australians are generally willing to become organ (76%) and tissue (76%) donors.
- Less than 1% of people die in hospital in the specific circumstances where organ donation is possible.
- We encourage all Australians to register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register and to discuss their donation decision with family members.
Australian & New Zealand Statistics
We are fortunate in Australia to have world-class specialists and researchers which is reflected in the statistics for lung transplantation.
Organ transplantation centres globally are encouraged to share on-going, current data regarding patient, donor, and transplant characteristics as well as post-transplant outcomes