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Why is organ and tissue donation important?

One organ and tissue donor can save and transform the lives of many people who may need a transplant because they suffer from inherited conditions, or due to illness, accidents and genetic abnormality.

For someone who is seriously ill, an organ or tissue transplant can mean the difference between life and death, being healthy or sick; between seeing or being blind, or between being active and never walking again. It enables people to resume an active role in their family, workplace and community.

With around 1,400 Australians on a waiting list for a transplant, and a further 11,000 people on dialysis, the generous act of organ donation has far-reaching effects, changing the lives of transplant recipients and their families.