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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can anyone donate their organs?

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  • Catherine Voutier

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    Clinical Librarian at Melbourne Health. Part of my portfolio is to teach consumers how to find and assess medical evidence. View Profile

    Anyone can donate organs. Transplant clinicians assess each donor after death for suitability.
    There are some restrictions that may apply:

    • if you have a transmissable disease
    • if you are a drinker, your liver may not be suitable (other organs can be used)
    • if you are a smoker, your lungs may not be suitable (other organs can be used)
    • if you have a tattoo, you can donate organs after 12mths have passed
    For more information about donating and registering as a donor, visit

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