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(Sep 29, 2008) The Australian government has proposed new legislation, the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Bill 2008, to establish an independent Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority to improve rates of organ donation within Australia. Since July 2005, Australians have been able to register via a national agency to be organ donors. Such registration is considered consent to organ donation.

The Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Bill 2008 is part of a national package that includes additional funding and that has been endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments. (Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Bill 2008 (Cth); Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Bill 2008 Second Reading Speech, Parliament House, Canberra, Sept. 18, 2008; both in Hansard, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS, Sept. 18, 2008, available at www.aph.gov.au/hansard/reps/dailys/dr180908.pdf.)

Author: Lisa White More by this author
Topic: Organ and tissue donation and transplantation More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Australia More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 09/29/2008