Organ and Tissue Authority

1,683 Australian lives were saved through organ donation in 2019

Article Date: 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The lives of 1,683 Australians were saved last year by organ transplants made possible through the generosity of 787 organ donors, data released today by the Organ and Tissue Authority shows. Thanks to 548 deceased organ donors and their families, 113 hearts, 857 kidneys, 183 lungs, 308 livers and 40 pancreases were gifted to 1,444 people through Australia’s organ donor program, DonateLife.  

There were also 239 living donations of a kidney and one liver in 2019. Forty-nine of these living kidney transplants were made possible by the recently expanded Australian and New Zealand Kidney Exchange Program, that is increasing access to life-saving kidney transplants for residents of both countries.  

Minister for Regional Health Mark Coulton said none of this would happen without donors, and their families who have made the decision at a time of immense grief to say ‘yes’ to organ donation. 

The full announcement is available on the Department of Health website.

The full 2019 Australian Donation and Transplantation Activity Report is available under national performance data.