WA on path to be organ 'exporter' with donations on the rise

PERTH NOW | Regina Titelius
Dr. Bruce Powell, Donate Life
ORGAN donations are on the rise in Western Australia, with predictions the State could soon become an “exporter” of body parts.

DonateLife WA State medical director Dr Bruce Powell said if donation rates continued to grow and waiting lists remained short, WA would be in a good position to become a “net exporter” of organs to the Eastern States.

There has already been a 40 per cent increase in donors compared with this time last year, which equated to 47 donors, with each making multiple organ donations, he said.

He expected WA’s donation rate to rise to more than 20 donations per million people, which would place the State in line with the national average.

“We will get to a point where we move more organs out to other States than we have them coming in to WA,” Dr Powell said.

But he encouraged more West Australians to sign up to the national Organ Donor Register. Continue reading

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