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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Canberra has one of Australia's lowest rates of organ donation registration

ACT has the one of the country's lowest rates of registered organ donors. Photo: Linda Davidson/Washington Post
CANBERRA TIMES | Georgina Connery
Are we half-hearted, lazy or frightened?

Across Australia, 32.4 per cent of adults are registered to donate their organs but in the ACT just one in five is prepared to give the gift of life.

ACT donors account for about 1 per cent of the 6.2 million Australian donors.

Figures provided by the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority show as of May 2016 there are 68,000 ACT residents on the Australian Organ Donor Register – 21.4 per cent of Canberra's adult population.

The ACT has the second lowest rate of registration in the country – Northern Territory has the lowest.

There are 26,646 female ACT donors, an estimated 17 per cent of ACT women, and 16,749 men, 11 per cent of ACT men, registered. Continue reading
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