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120112 - Improving Australia’s Organ Donation Rate

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While Australia is arguably a world leader in achieving successful organ transplant outcomes, it has not achieved similar international success in terms of organ donation rates and many people on the waiting list die before an organ becomes available.

Relevance to General Practice

Panel members discuss ways Australia can ethically and practically improve organ donation rates and debate more controversial proposals relevant to deceased donation and living donation including: 
• introducing an 'opt out' (presumed consent) system of organ donation; 
• upholding donation decisions by removing the 'family veto' so that a deceased individual’s registered consent cannot be overruled by their family members; 
• establishing financial incentives to become a donor such as: 
o reimbursing the deceased donor’s funeral expenses; 
o contributing to a charitable organisation determined by the donor or their family; 
• allowing non-financial incentives to become a donor such as giving priority on transplant waiting lists to individuals willing to become organ donors; 
• for living donors; providing donors with income tax benefits or other similar benefits. 

Learning outcomes
  • Identify practical ways policies can be changed to increase the rate of organ donation in Australia.
  • Identify the ethical arguments for and against the more controversial proposals to raise organ donation rates.
  • Recognise what individual practitioners can do to increase awareness of organ donation within the community.
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