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Australian government moves to unify donation, transplant policies.

In their continuing attempt to developed a unified approach governing organ donation Organ donation is the removal of the tissues of the human body from a person who has recently died, or from a living donor, for the purpose of transplanting or grafting them into other persons.  and transplantation transplantation /trans·plan·ta·tion/ (trans?plan-ta´shun) the grafting of tissues taken from the patient's own body or from another.  policies and practices, the Australian government and the public health sector have signed a National Communications Charter.

Karen Murphy, chief executive of the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation Authority announced that 46 organizations, including all eight State and Territory Governments, have signed the charter to improve the outlook for Australians requiring an organ or tissue transplant transplant
 or graft

Partial or complete organ or other body part removed from one site and attached at another. It may come from the same or a different person or an animal. One from the same person—most often a skin graft—is not rejected.
, PSnews reported.

"Australia leads the world in transplantation medicine," Murphy said, "but the rate of donations is low by global standards."

Murphy said the Charter united the sector under guiding principles to communicate clear and consistent messages and dispel some of the myths and misinformation mis·in·form  
tr.v. mis·in·formed, mis·in·form·ing, mis·in·forms
To provide with incorrect information.

 in the public arena.

"Our key message to Australians is a simple one--talk today with your partner and family about your decision to become an organ or tissue donor because they are required to confirm your wish to donate life," Murphy said.

Murphy observed that "although there are six million people listed on the Australian Organ Donor Register The Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR) is an Australian government register, recording individuals who have agreed to donate organs and tissues in the event of their death. The register is administered by Medicare Australia. , on average there are 1,800 children, women and men on a waiting list for a transplant at any time. But in 2008 just one third of the demand was able to be met from 259 deceased deceased 1) adj. dead. 2) n. the person who has died, as used in the handling of his/her estate, probate of will and other proceedings after death, or in reference to the victim of a homicide (as: "The deceased had been shot three times.  donors."

The new Charter will create a single, national team.

"It's a symbolic vote of confidence by Ministers, State health departments, industry associations, community organizations and tissue banks to lift donor activity," Murphy said.
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Date:Jun 1, 2009
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