Govt to launch kidney exchange service

  • 17/07/2014

An extra 100 people could receive kidney transplants over the next four years under a new donor service the Government is establishing.

Health Minister Tony Ryall says there's a serious shortage of kidneys - while there were around 110 transplants last year there are still more than 600 people waiting for a transplant.

A National Renal Transplant Service is being set up which will coordinate services across the country.

There will be a kidney exchange system allowing donors and recipients who are not compatible with each other to be listed for possible swaps with other pairs.

A $4 million campaign to raise awareness and encourage more people to donate organs is already under way.

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