DonateLife Week is Australia’s national awareness week to promote the importance of organ and tissue donation and to encourage people to register their donation decision.
Led by the Organ and Tissue Authority, DonateLife Week is a key part of the Australian Government’s national reform programme to increase organ and tissue donation and transplantation outcomes.
Each year, events are held across Australia during DonateLife Week to encourage all Australians to register their donation decision and to discuss their donation decisions with their loved ones.
Did you know only one in three Australians have joined the Australian Organ Donor Register, even though 81% believe registration of donation decisions is important*?
And registration is important – 88% of families agree to donation proceeding where the deceased was a registered organ donor. This drops to just 52% where the deceased was not registered and the family had no prior knowledge.
Registration of your donation decision leaves your family in no doubt and, in doing so, provides comfort that they are upholding your decision.
More than 1,400 Australians are today waiting for a life-saving or life-transforming transplant. If you are willing to one day save lives by becoming an organ and tissue donor, you need to register and discuss your decision with your family and friends.
*Woolcott Research 2015