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.

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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.


Other Resources:

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.

International Statistics

Organ transplantation centres globally are encouraged to share on-going, current data regarding patient, donor, and transplant characteristics as well as post-transplant outcomes

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