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Organ donation

Organ donation and live organ transplantation are critical issues for those living with kidney disease. At Kidney Health Australia we work with the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority (DonateLife), all Governments and health organisations to continue to push for increases in Australia’s organ donation rate.

In addition, Kidney Health Australia is the key advocate for live organ donors and live organ transplantation.

To that end, Kidney Health Australia has successfully advocated for the Supporting Leave for Living Organ Donors Scheme, which provides 9 weeks of paid leave (based on a 38 hour week) of leave, at an amount up to the National Minimum Wage, for organ donors who require time away from work to donate. In 2017 the Federal Government announced that it will continue the Support for Living Organ Donors Program for another four years, including expansion to include some out-of-pocket costs for donors, enabling donors who are not employed to participate.

Read our media release about the Federal Government’s continuation of the supporting leave for living organ donors program for another four years from 1 July 2017. 

Find out more about the 'Leave for Living Organ Donors Scheme' on www.health.gov.au.


Submission to the Australian Vigilance and Surveillance Framework for Organ Donation for Transplantation (the Framework).
July 2015
The draft framework underpins a national vigilance and surveillance system that complements and operates in parallel with jurisdictional clinical incident management systems for deceased organ donation and transplantation; provides early warning systems; monitors, records and analyses SAERs and the impact of an intervention; improves patient outcomes; and informs future organ donation for transplantation management and health policy.

You can read the submission here.

Kidney Health Australia: Response to ‘Factors Contributing to the Decline in Living Organ Donations’ Report.
September 2014
Kidney Health Australia is responding to the Australian Healthcare Associates’ (AHA) report Factors Contributing to the Decline in Living Organ Donations. AHA was engaged in 2013 by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) to undertake an investigation into the decline of living organ donations.

Read this response here.

Kidney Health Australia's Position Statement on Organ Trafficking. 
October 2013
Kidney Health Australia unequivocally supports ‘The Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism’ (the Declaration), which includes condemning the practice of buying and selling organs for transplantation and other illegal activities related to transplant tourism.

You can read our position statement here.

For more information on Australia’s organ donation efforts, or on the illegal practices of transplant commercialism organ trafficking and transplant tourism please see:

  • Australian Government website for the Organ and Tissue Authority donatelife.gov.au
  • 'The Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism’, developed under leadership of Transplantation Society and International Society of Nephrology 2008. The full text of this important document can be found here declarationofistanbul.org
  • World Health Organisation’s Guiding Principles on Human Cell, Tissue and Organ Transplantation Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Act 2013.
    Read the full Act here.

Consultation response to NSW Government regarding Organ Donation.
November 2012
This submission outlines Kidney Health Australia’s initial comments regarding the Deceased Organ and Tissue Donation – Consent and Other Procedural Requirements; the Practice Guidelines for when doctors accede to a family’s objection to donation; and Designated Officers – Procedures and Guidelines.

You can read this response here.


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