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Victoria's organ donation rate on the rise

12 August 2011 - 1:56pm

Parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Catherine King has praised Victoria's improved organ and tissue donation rates after the release of promising statistics.

In the last 12 months organ donations have increased by 31 per cent in the state, representing a total of 68 organ donors - the highest number for Victoria since records began.

King says: "This is a good result and reflects the significant effort being made by Victorians to increase organ and tissue donation."

The numbers represent the effect of increased awareness within the general population for the benefits of pledges that can save lives.

"It is important that all Australians discover the facts about organ and tissue donation … and, most importantly, discuss their donation wishes with family members," Ms King says.

There has recently been an overall increase of donations in Australia, with a greater percentage of the population registering their decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register.

Organ donations are often the last resort for the treatment of a number of serious medical conditions.

Procedures are costly, especially if self-funded, so individuals and families should carefully investigate their options when taking out private health insurance to minimise the financial burden.