Are Potential Organ Donors Missed on General Wards?


In the decade to 2008, the deceased donor and organ transplant rates in Australia failed to increase in line with population growth, and there was little change in the number of patients needing organ transplantation.

In response to this, the Australian Government set out the National Reform Programme, comprising nine measures to establish the world’s best practice in organ and tissue donation.2


Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the DonateLife Audit and determine if it would be a robust tool for identifying potential organ donors   
  2. Determine whether potential organ donors are being missed on general wards by the DonateLife Audit, which concentrates on patients dying in emergency departments and intensive care units


Medical Audience
GP, GP Registrar, Specialist, Doctors in Training (DIT), Medical Student, International Medical Graduate, Overseas Trained Doctor


Medical Journal of Australia
Reading: journal; textbook; book; literature review
1h : 0m
MBA: 1h : 0m
ACRRM - Fellow: 1 pt
ACRRM - Non Fellow: 1 pt
RACGP: 2 pts
Palliative Care

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