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Facts about Organ Donation:

Only 1-2% of people die in such a way that donation is possible. Even if they’re a registered donor, a person

is usually only able to donate organs when they've died in hospital and can be medically supported in intensive care until the transplant can occur. An extraordinary set of circumstances has to come together for that to happen, so the likelihood of registered donors actually proceeding to donation is vanishingly small.

That’s why it’s vital for as many people to #REGISTER as possible.


Australia is a leader in transplant research and innovation, and while our donor rate has improved significantly in recent years, more can be done. Only 1 in 3 Australians are registered... can you help by encouraging your friends and family to register their decision?

Despite surveys in Australia showing that over 80% of people think that it’s important to register as an organ and tissue donor, the actual registration rate averages around 34%. Many Australians don’t even realise that the old system of registering on your driver’s license was abolished in most states, and they need to sign up via the official website. This leaves over 1,400 people continually on a waiting list.


While transplant rates are improving, Australia remains well behind similar countries and our film’s participants ask why, amplifying a long-overdue debate. The people who appear in Dying to Live are the conduit to discovering the complex web of reasons why Australians don’t appear to understand the urgency and process of registering as donors. This fearful wait on ‘death row’ not only consumes the patients themselves, but ripples out into their families, friends, colleagues and the wider community. Dying to Live

takes the audience on a dramatic and captivating ride as we are compelled to consider our own compassionate capacity for physical philanthropy.


In a world where waiting list reduction is possible (as other countries have proved), it’s simply unacceptable, and morally troubling, for us not to achieve this chance at life for thousands of Australians living in fear and helplessness, yet always with hope.



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