Access to the kidney transplant waiting list: a time for reflection
Version of Record online: 13 APR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Internal Medicine Journal © 2012 Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Internal Medicine Journal
Volume 42, Issue 4, pages 360–363, April 2012
How to Cite
Pussell, B. A., Bendorf, A. and Kerridge, I. H. (2012), Access to the kidney transplant waiting list: a time for reflection. Internal Medicine Journal, 42: 360–363. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2012.02730.x
Conflict of interest: None.
- Issue online: 13 APR 2012
- Version of Record online: 13 APR 2012
- Received 6 December 2011; accepted 24 January 2012.
- kidney transplant;
- waiting list;
The limited availability of deceased donor kidneys for transplantation in Australia continues to be a matter of concern. Analysis of registry data suggests that the current renal transplant waiting list under-represents the real demand for three reasons. Firstly, a very low proportion of dialysis patients across all age groups are wait-listed for kidney transplantation; secondly, the percentage of dialysis patients listed for transplantation has fallen over time across all Australian states and territories; and thirdly, the number of patients wait-listed varies significantly across the country. We explore possible reasons for these issues and call for new eligibility criteria that are both transparent and justifiable and balance equity and utility.