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Organ Donation

Health and Individual Human Development - Outcome 3

Maddy Kamaretsos

on 23 October 2011

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What is Organ Donation Organ and tissue and donation is a life saving transforming medical process that involves the removal of an organ and tissue that is removed from a donor and transplanted into someone who is either very ill or dying due to an organ failing. Organ donations include taking healthy organs and tissues such as kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines, lungs, skin, bone marrow and cornea’s from one person to transplant into another in need. Statistics Statistics shows for every organ and tissue donor they can save up to ten people’s lives and significantly improve many more.
Australia has one of the highest transplant success rates in the world. Yet the lowest doner rates in the world.
The result of these low statistics of organ donation is due to only 40% of Australians not knowing the wishes to donate of their loved ones.
Less than 1 in 5 people have had a memorable discussion with their loved ones about their organ wishes and only 58% of families give consent for organ and tissue donation to proceed 2010 Transplanted organs in Australia:

Organ Number

Kidneys 548
Livers 204
Hearts 65
Heart/lung 3
Lungs 120
Pancreas 34
Intestine 1

Total 984

2009 Transplanted organs in Australia:

Organ Number

Kidneys 446
Livers 185
Hearts 59
Heart/lung 2
Lungs 112
Pancreas 37

Total850 The Australian Organ Donor Register is responsible for keeping a record of your donation decision and of the organ and tissue you agree to donate.

The Donor Register ensures your donation decision can be verified 24 hours a day, seven days a week by authorised medical personnel, anywhere in Australia. In the event of your death, information about your donation decision may be accessed from the Donor Register by authorised medical person and provided to your family. Registration For Organ Donation A strategy that may be implemented in the future with organ donation is the use of a xenotransplantation.
Xenotransplantation is the transplantation from one species to another.
As there is a high demand for organs and not enough being donated transplant specialists are considering using animals as a possible source of organs and tissues for human transplantation. The animal founded to be most suitable for these types of procedures would include pigs.
Pigs have a very similar anatomy and physiology to a human, they are easy to breed and suitable for genetic manipulation. Future Strategies to Increase
Organ Transplantation By Maddy Kamaretsos ORGAN
DONATION Government Issues
around organ donation The opt-in system vs. the opt-out system.
The government spending to much money on publicity and advertisement campaigns.
Should people be able to recieve organs if they are choosing not to donate.
The new funding placed into organ donation is taking to long to increase the numbers.
Training specialists to approach the family, after the person is brain dead.

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