'DonateLife ... the greatest gift'
is a community education campaign for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities aimed at increasing family discussion about organ and tissue donation wishes. It’s an important conversation to have. One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people and, on average, 1,600 Australians are on transplant waiting lists, at any one time. Most religions support organ and tissue donation as an act of giving that preserves the sanctity of life. People from all walks of life depend on organ and tissue donation to save their lives or improve the quality of their lives, regardless of race, origin, religion or language. Learn more about organ and tissue donation here so that you can make an informed decision about becoming an organ and tissue donor and discuss this with your family.
Ensuring access to culturally appropriate information about organ and tissue donation to culturally and linguistically diverse communities is a priority for the Organ and Tissue Authority.
The Organ and Tissue Authority has produced a number of resources as part of the 'DonateLife... the greatest gift campaign'. These materials have been developed through a process of consultation with religious and cultural leaders, for people of Jewish, Hindu, Greek Orthodox, Buddhist, Islamic and Catholic faith. These resources are also available in Vietnamese, Chinese (traditional) Greek, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish and English.
Additionally, through the Authority's Community Awareness Grants Program, community projects received funding to conduct community education activities with culturally and linguistically diverse group. As part of these grants projects, a range of culturally-appropriate resources have been developed. The development of these materials has involved consultation with local community and key cultural or religious leaders. The Authority thanks the organisations and communities involved in producing these important resources.
We are pleased to make all of these materials available nationally to increase awareness of organ and tissue donation among culturally and linguistically diverse groups.
The Authority welcomes comments and feedback on the resources to enable us to improve the usefulness and cultural appropriateness of the materials. A feedback form is available on each page and you are encouraged to let us know your thoughts.
To access faith resources please click on the headings below.
To access language and culture resources please click on the headings below.
DonateLife: An Ethical Forum on Organ Donation in Australia
The University of NSW conducted a forum on 18 August 2011 to discuss spiritual perspectives on the sensitive topic of organ and tissue donation. The forum was sponsored by the Organ and Tissue Authority through a Community Awareness Grant.
View an ethical forum on organ donation in Australia conducted by the University of NSW to gain an insight into the religious and spiritual issues impacting on organ and tissue donation from the Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic perspectives.
The forum was facilitated by Ms Gretel Killeen with a panel comprising of the following guests:
- Dr Anders Aneman – Medical Director, Organ and Tissue Donation, Liverpool Hospital
- Professor Nihal Agar – Chairman, Hindu Council of Australia
- Venerable Neng Rong Shi – Abbess, HWA Tsang Buddhists Monastery Homebush
- Mehmet Ozalp – Executive Director, Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia