Increasing registrations on the Australian Organ Donor Register

Gail Moloney, Michael Sutherland, Maddison Norton, Alison Bowling and Iain Walker
Med J Aust 2019; 210 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50000
Published online: 18 February 2019

To the Editor: Many people are aware that Australia has an opt‐in system for recording organ donation decisions; and many are also aware that, historically, donation decisions were recorded on the driver's licence. What is not well known is that, in 2000, the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR) was introduced as a register of consent (or objection), and that, between 2005 and 2012, the recording of donation decisions (except for South Australia) was transitioned from the driver's licence to registration on the national register, the AODR.1

  • Gail Moloney1
  • Michael Sutherland2
  • Maddison Norton1
  • Alison Bowling1
  • Iain Walker3

  • 1 Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour, NSW.
  • 2 Organ and Tissue Donation Service, Mid North Coast Local Health District, Coffs Harbour, NSW.
  • 3 University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT.



This research was supported by NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.


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