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Date posted: 19 April 2012
The latest publicly available data on organ donation waiting lists in Australia has revealed some disparity between states and territories.
The data was collated by transplant physician Bruce Pussell from the University of New South Wales. From between 2005 and 2009, the data shows that only 3 out of 400 dialysis patients - less than one percent - in the Northern Territory (NT) are on the wait list for a kidney transplant. This compares to around 38% of dialysis patients in the Australian Capital Territory.
Dr Greg Perry, Director of NT Renal Services, says the figures result from the various medical issues facing NT patients, including the remoteness factor. There is some disagreement over the situation, however, with a renal health worker indicating that she believes it amounts to 'institutionalised racism'.
Source: ABC News
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