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Govt wants to lift organ donation rate

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/06/2017

The government has launched a campaign to increase the rate of deceased organ donations.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says it has increased in recent years, with 61 deceased donors providing 181 organs for transplants in 2016.

"We've been making great strides in the area, with the rate increasing by 57 per cent in the past four years," he said.

"But our rates are relatively low compared with other countries which highlights that there's room for improvement."

Dr Coleman has launched a national strategy which aims to:

* Further increase public awareness of organ donation

* Make it easier for people to register, update and share their wish to donate with family and clinicians

* Increase the hospital-based capacity for deceased organ donation to take place

* Empower intensive care staff to discuss the organ donation process

* Establish a national agency to lead the implementation of the strategy, and have a clear mandate to increase the rate of deceased organ donation and transplantation.

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