I’ve decided to give #TheUltimateGift.

Have you?

Be part of #TheUltimateGift campaign this holiday season.


For those waiting for a life changing transplant, organ and tissue donation is #TheUltimateGift.

Organ and tissue donations can save and significantly improve the lives of many people who are sick or dying. For many people with a serious or critical illness related to organ failure, organ transplantation is the only hope for a healthy life. Tissue transplants can also save lives and greatly improve the recipient’s health.

One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people.

The determining factors are where and how a person dies, and the conditions of their organs and tissues. While your age and medical history will be considered, you shouldn't assume you're too young, too old or not healthy enough to become a donor.

With around 1500 Australians currently on the transplant waiting list, many families across Australia are hoping to receive the gift of organ and tissue donation this holiday season.

Throughout December, DonateLife is encouraging Australians to show their support for organ and tissue donation by joining #TheUltimateGift campaign on social media.

By increasing awareness of organ and tissue donation, and sharing your donation decision with your friends via Facebook and Twitter, you could help save or improve the lives of Australians waiting for a life-changing transplant this holiday season.

How to show your support:

  1. Thunderclap

Let your followers and friends know you’ve made the decision to give #TheUltimateGift by joining our Thunderclap.

It’s easy and free to sign up, and all you need is a Facebook or Twitter account. Go to to get involved.

  1. Register your donation decision

If you haven’t already, register your organ and tissue decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register.

Find out more below. 

  1. Show your organ donor status on Facebook

Once you’ve registered your donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register, you can display your organ donor status on your Facebook timeline, by adding ‘Organ Donor’ as a life event.

Visit to learn how.

  1. Have the chat

Discuss your organ and tissue donation decision with your loved ones, and ask and know their decision, too.

Encourage them to learn more about organ and tissue donation by visiting this website. 

The Australian Organ Donor Register

The Australian Organ Donor Register (the Donor Register) is the only national register for people to record their decision about becoming an organ and tissue donor for transplantation after death.

The Donor Register is administered by the Department of Human Services.

The Donor Register ensures a person's donation decision can be verified 24 hours a day, seven days a week by authorised personnel anywhere in Australia. In the event of a person's death, information about their donation decision, accessed from the Donor Register by authorised personnel can be provided to the family of the deceased.

Recording your decision on the Donor Register is voluntary and you have complete choice over which organs and tissues you wish to donate. If you don't want to become an organ and tissue donor, you can register your decision not to donate on the Donor Register.

The Donor Register is not for registering decisions about donating organs and tissue for scientific research purposes or for the manufacture of biological medical products. For information regarding these processes, contact your local state health department.


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the facts about organ and
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Organ Donor Register

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your donation decision with family and friends

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