The data to 31 August 2012 are out showing that 31 generous families agreed to donate their loved ones organs during August. This brings the total number of donors this year to 223.
The data is published by the Australia & New Zealand Organ Donation Registry and shows that New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia have lower numbers than to 31 August in previous years. It is the smaller jurisdictions of Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory who are performing above average.
Based on current trends, we can expect a total number of donors to the end of 2012 of around 335 multi organ donors, which is about the same as 2011.
We do expect significant increases in New South Wales once the drivers’s licence is removed from the set of documents that are reviewed before asking families about organ donation. The driver’s licence was a poor indicator of organ donor status as there were many inaccuracies. Hopefully, the decommissioning of the system will result in changes.
Here’s a graph I’ve prepared that shows trends over the past five years:
The Friends of DonateLife are running and walking in the Canberra Times Fun Run on Sunday, 9 September, raising awareness for organ donation. Good luck to them all and thanks for all they are doing!