About us

OrganDonationRates.org is an international academic research project that is overseen by Aric Bendorf through the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) at the University of Sydney. The project is supported by funding provided by the Network of Bodies, Organs and Tissues (NBOT)--an academic research collaboration based at the University of Sydney.

This website aims to "democratise" knowledge by making complex and difficult to collate information about organ donation and transplantation readily accessible and enabling visitors to assess, dissect and interpret the extensive data themselves on a user-friendly and interactive web platform. It is aimed at health professionals, academics, journalists, students, and members of the public alike.
Organ and tissue donation is a gift to humanity and a truly life-saving therapy and we respectfully acknowledge the contribution that both the donors and their families have made to organ transplantation. It is our hope that this website will facilitate further research into organ donation and ultimately contribute to the implementation and development of best practice systems around the globe.

Project Team

Aric Bendorf was originally trained as an anthropologist. After hanging out with the wrong people in the 1990s, he left academia and got involved in the IT industry where he served as director for two successful start-ups. The data from his PhD research on what effective measures have been adopted by countries around the world to improve their organ donation rates serves as the basis for this website. 

Professor Cameron Stewart is Pro Dean at Sydney Law School, a member of the Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics and an associate of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, Sydney Medical School. His full biography is here.

Associate Professor Ian Kerridge is an internationally recognized scholar in bioethics and the philosophy of medicine. Since 2003 he has been Associate Professor in Bioethics and Director of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) at the University of Sydney and Staff Haematologist/BMT Physician at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. His full biography is here.

Thomas Davenport has a passion for data and helped Aric turn his rich dataset into the visualisations for this site.  Tom believes that static data (like a table with numbers in it) severely limits your ability to understand it. You need to be able to interact with and explore data in visual form to pick up nuances and interesting relationships. 
When Tom's not playing with data, he's a partner at Strategyn, a product strategy firm.

Sara Irvine is communications professional specialising in public health and human rights.
Sara is the director of SAZCOM, a Sydney-based communications consultancy. Sara has worked closely with Aric Bendorf and has a particular interest in public information about organ and tissue donation.

Data sources

Aric Bendorf completed his PhD, "Explaining Failure as Success: How Incommensurate Values During End-of-Life Care Have Hobbled Progress in Raising Australia's Organ Donation Rates" in 2014. His research involved detailed analysis of international organ and tissue donation and transplantation rates in 90 countries. The raw data used in this research project is sourced from the Australia and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry (ANZDATA), Autoridade para os Serviços de Sangue e da Transplantação (ASST), the Council of Europe, Eurotransplant, the International Registry of Organ Donation and Transplantation (IRODaT), L'Agence de la Biomédecine, the National Health Service (NHS), the Organización Nacional de Trasplantes (ONT), Scandiatransplant, and the the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Throughout the course of his research, Aric Bendorf observed that a wealth of information on organ donation and transplantation statistics was available from many jurisdictions in many languages, but it was difficult to access, collate, organize and interpret.

This information will be updated bi-annually in March and October.

If you believe there are any inaccuracies or correction required on any part of this site, we would very much appreciate it if you would email us data@organdonationrates.org so that we can correct the omission or error.