To improve the rates of organ donation in order to save more lives, a summit has been planned on August 18th in WA.
The summit will be a meeting of important people like medical specialists, transplant surgeons, donor families, transplant recipients and members of the public who can make a positive influence to increase organ donation rates.
The WA Parliament has instituted new laws which iron out ambiguities in acquiring consent from patients and their families for organ donation.
In 2007, organ donation by 58 Australians saved the lives of over 200 people.
Expressing optimism, Health Minister Jim McGinty said, "Donating organs saves lives and improves the quality of life. After the summit, I want to be in the position to go forward with the legislative and administrative changes that will remove all of the impediments to organ donation. Some of the world's best transplant teams are right here in WA and there is strong public support for organ donation, but for some reason we have a very low donation rate by international standards. We need to look at the reasons why we don't have organs donated from cardiac death and why families are not talking about organ donation so relatives know what their loved one would want if that difficult decision needs to be made."