The Australian Organ Donor Register
(AODR) is an Australian government
register, recording individuals who have agreed to donate organs
in the event of their death. The register is administered by Medicare Australia
The register is a record of consent
for legal purposes. Authorized medical personnel may access the register to see what an individual chose, but the family is also consulted. The AODR has no part in the actual transplant process, nor does it maintain lists of prospective recipients.
The deceased's family is also told what the register says and they're asked if he or she had changed their mind, or if the family has sincerely held objections to donation. Potential donors are encouraged to discuss their decision with their family to ensure their wishes are known to them.
An individual may consent to the use of all organs and tissues, or just some (if someone has strong views about particular body parts for instance). The consent is entirely voluntary and may be changed or withdrawn at any time. The register is only for organ donation
, it doesn't cover other uses for organs such as scientific research.
An individual must be 18 years or older to give their consent, but 16 and 17 year olds may record an intention to donate. When only an intention is recorded the family will be asked to give consent in the event of death.
The AODR established in 2000
as a record of intentions, using data from state-based driver's licences
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