Transplant Australia supports Donatelife Week
Australians are being urged to join the Australian Organ Donor Register online and to discuss their donation decision with loved ones.
Transplant Australia is proud to be part of DonateLife Week to support greater awareness of the importance of and ways to register donation decisions on the national Register.
Transplant Australia CEO, Chris Thomas said, “Joining the national Register is important because it leaves your family in no doubt of your decision to save lives as an organ and tissue donor.
“With one organ and tissue donor able to transform the lives of 10 or more people, DonateLife Week is a great time for us all to join the Register online and have a chat with our loved ones. These two simple steps could one day save lives.”
Organ donation is a unique gift. Only around 1% of all hospitals deaths are in the specific circumstances where organ donation is possible (around 1,000 deaths in 2015). Many more can become eye and tissue donors as tissues can be donated up to 24 hours after death, regardless of where death occurred.
Even if you have previously made a decision about organ and tissue donation, DonateLife Week is a great opportunity to remind your family about your donation decision, and to ask and know their decision.
Last year, 1,241 Australian lives were transformed through the generosity of 435 deceased organ donors and their families who agreed to donation proceeding.
Don’t wait. Join the Australian Organ Donor Register online today, and discuss your decision with your family and friends.
DonateLife Week is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of the national DonateLife campaign and supported by community events and activities across Australia.
How can I make the difference?
- Discover the facts about organ and tissue donation
- Register to become an organ and tissue donor online today at donatelife.gov.au
- Discuss your decision to become a donor with your loved ones
- Take part in the Australian Transplant Games, one of the country’s largest awareness activity for organ and tissue donation
- Volunteer at the Games and help with this lifesaving cause
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