What is it?

Organ and tissue donation is the process of donating your organs and tissues to people who are very sick. The organ or tissue is removed and transplanted into another person. Donating organs and tissue saves lives. Many critically-ill people require donated organs and tissues to stay alive. 

You can donate certain organs, such as a kidney, while you are still alive. You can also choose to donate your organs after you die. Organ donation involves:

  • Kidneys
  • Lungs
  • Heart
  • Liver
  • Large intestine
  • Pancreas
  • Skin
  • Eyes

Australia needs more people to register as donors to make transplants more accessible. Almost everyone can help others through organ and tissue donation. Your GP can talk to you about how to register your decision to be an organ and tissue donor.