Donate Life

posted Feb 21, 2012, 6:06 PM by LASP Team   [ updated Feb 21, 2012, 6:07 PM ]

DonateLife Week 2012 will take place from Sunday 19 – Sunday 26 February.

 

DonateLife Week is Australia's National Awareness Week to promote organ and tissue donation.

 

The national theme for DonateLife Week 2012 is

 

"Ask and know your loved ones' wishes"

 

This is because in Australia the family of every potential donor is always asked to confirm the donation wishes of their loved one before organ and/or tissue donation can proceed. BUT 43% of Australians do not know or are not sure of the donation wishes of their loved ones.

 

The Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King, said family discussion is vital because in Australia, family consent is always sought before donation can proceed. Australia's consent rate for donation is less than 60 per cent.

 

Interesting Organ, Eye & Tissue donation facts

  • One organ, eye and tissue donor can save or enhance the lives of 10 or more people.
  • Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes, yet has one of the lowest donation rates in the developed world.
  • Around 1600 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists.
  • On average, people on the transplant list can wait between 6 months and 4 years.
  • New South Wales has the lowest donation rate of all the Australian states.

Discuss your decision with your family or friends today.

For more information visit the DonateLife website.

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