Community Awareness Grants awarded to help boost registration of donation decisions
Assistant Minister for Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP today announced almost $400,000 in Community Awareness Grants to enable 17 organisations to help encourage more Australians to join the Australian Organ Donor Register online and to discuss their decision with family and friends.
“The Community Awareness Grants will support national and local community-based projects to drive awareness of the importance and process of registration on the national register for organ and tissue donation decisions,” said Minister Wyatt.
Projects funded through the Community Awareness Grants include activities that will held as part of DonateLife Week 2016 (Sunday 31 July – Sunday 7 August) and DonateLife Thank You Day (Sunday 20 November).
“The majority of Australians are willing to saves lives by becoming an organ and tissue donor yet only a third are registered on the Australian Organ Donor Register. In announcing these grants today, the Government is working in partnership with local communities and national groups, to make organ donation something everyone has discussed, decided upon and registered their decision online.”
Young adults, males and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds will be priority audiences for these funded events and initiatives.
“With around 1,500 Australians on transplant waiting lists at any one time, we need to optimise every donation opportunity to save more lives and end the wait. Registering is important because it leaves your family in no doubt of your decision to save lives as an organ and tissue donor,” Minister Wyatt said.
“We know that when someone has registered to be an organ donor, their family will agree to donation in 91 percent of cases, whereas that drops to only 52 percent when someone is not on the register.”
Registration is a simple process. You can now register online via your myGov Medicare Online account – no paperwork needed. You can also register online or download a registration form at donorregister.gov.au.
The Community Awareness Grants are administered by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of its Community Awareness and Education program.