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Organ donation: a chance for Australia to do better

Timothy H Mathew and Jeremy R Chapman
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (5): 245-246.
Published online: 4 September 2006

We can learn from the US Breakthrough Collaborative, which increased organ donation rates by 20% in 3 years

Organ donation saves lives. This trite but true slogan applies to all the solid organs that are currently transplanted. Even in patients with kidney failure, where dialysis provides long-term treatment, the mortality rate is reduced significantly in those who receive transplants compared with those remaining on the waiting list.1 Improved survival, improved quality of life and reduced economic costs of care provide an unusual coincidence of benefits from this therapy.

  • Timothy H Mathew1
  • Jeremy R Chapman2

  • 1 Kidney Health Australia, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Westmead Hospital, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: tim.mathew@kidney.org.au

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