Registering to be a Donor

Joining the Organ Donation Register is a record of your decision to donate your Organs and Tissue if the opportunity arises in the future.

The simplest way is to register is online. It takes less than a minute and all that is required First and Surname, Post Code, DOB, email address and your medicare card number and press the submit button.

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About transplantation

Transplantation is only possible following the donation of organs and tissues from a living (kidney or partial liver) or deceased person. Both donation and transplantation happens in a surgical procedure by highly skilled surgeons and health professionals, much like any other surgical procedure.

There is an organ transplant waiting list and eligibility requirements must be met. A person is placed on an organ transplant waiting list when they have end-stage organ failure, all other treatments have failed and their medical specialist believed they will benefit from a transplant.

Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes and have dedicated transplant units located across the country.

Living Donations

A living donor is someone who donates a kidney or partial liver to another person.

Prospective donors undergo extensive testing to ensure they are physically and mentally able to donate. Strict medical and legal criteria apply.

Donations after Death

Deceased donors – Death can be determined two ways:

  • Brain death occurs when there is irreversible cessation of function to the brain.
  • Circulatory death occurs when there is irreversible circulation of blood in the body of the person.

It is important to understand the difference between brain and circulatory death. The way a person dies influences how the donation process occurs and which organs and tissue can be donated.

Care, dignity and respect are always maintained during end of life care, whether or not donation proceeds.

Conversation with your family

Your family will be asked to confirm your wishes before donation can proceed. The most important thing is that you have shared your wishes with your family members. Have the conversation.

Discussing your registration can help to reassure your family of your wishes. If families know their loved one's decision, they almost always say “yes” to the donation.

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