DonateLife Week 2014 - Have the chat that saves lives

DonateLife Week 2014 – have the chat that saves lives

Ask and know your loved ones’ organ and tissue donation decision

From Sunday 23 February until Sunday 2 March it’s DonateLife Week – which aims to encourage greater awareness amongst Australians of how everyone can play a part in increasing the number of organs and tissues available for life-changing transplantation.

Australians are being urged to discuss their organ and tissue donation wishes with their families and loved ones as increased family consent rates will result in more Australians receiving organ and tissue transplants.

In South Australia a commemorative rose planting at the Gift of Life Garden, Bonython Park on Sunday 23 February will mark the start of DonateLife Week 2014. Members of organ and tissue donor families and transplant recipients, their friends and families will be joined by the Minister for Health and Ageing The Honourable Jack Snelling MP and the Lord Mayor of Adelaide the Right Honourable Stephen Yarwood. The Minister Donor Family representative Tom Neill will plant a ‘Heart of Gold’ rose in memory of the organ and tissue donors of 2013.

In 2013, 391 Australians became organ and tissue donors – 34 of them in South Australia, saving and improving the lives of 1,122 of their fellow Australians.

Organ donation is a rare event as only one per cent of people will die in hospital in the specific circumstances where it is even possible – although many more people can become tissue donors.

In Australia the family is always asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased before donation or transplantation can proceed. Families that have asked and know each other's donation wishes are more likely to uphold those wishes.

DonateLife Week 2014 will offer many opportunities for South Australians to talk about organ and tissue donation through community events, social media and other activities.

What’s DonateLife SA up to during DonateLife Week 2014?

Sunday 23 Feb  

10 AM

  • DonateLife SA Rose Planting Ceremony, Gift of Life Garden, Bonython Park

Monday 24 Feb

10 AM – 3 PM

  • O’Week stand Flinders University, Plaza, Bedford Park

11 AM – 2 PM

  • Information stand, Adelaide City Council, Pirie Street, Adelaide

Tuesday 25 Feb

9AM – 5.30 PM

  • Information stand, Westfield Marion, Oaklands Park

(Featuring face painter)

12.30 – 1.30 PM

  • O’Week stand, UniSA, City East campus, Adelaide

Wednesday 26 February

9 AM – 5 PM

  • Information stand, Westfield West Lakes

(Featuring face painter)

10 AM – 4 PM

  • O’Week stand University of Adelaide, Barr Smith Lawns, Adelaide

12 – 2 PM

  • O’Week stand, UniSA, City East campus, Adelaide

Thursday 27 February

9 AM – 9 PM

  • Information stand, Westfield Tea Tree Plaza, Modbury

                (Featuring face painter and balloon artist)

12 – 1.30 PM

  • O’Week stand, UniSA, City West campus, Adelaide

Throughout the week there will be information stands at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, Flinders Private, the Repatriation Hospital, Noarlunga Hospital, the Lyell McEwin Hospital, Modbury Hospital, the Gawler Health Service, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and several suburban health clinics.

The DonateLife Book of Life – a collection of inspiring stories from donor families and transplant recipients will be on display in various locations, including at the Gift of Life Garden on Sunday 23 February.                                                                                                                                           

DonateLife Week is Australia's annual national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation. It is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of the Australian Government’s National Reform Agenda to increase organ and tissue donation rates.

Did you know?

  • One organ and tissue donor can save up to 10 lives and improve the lives of many more.
  • Australia is a world leader in successful transplant outcomes.
  • Make your donation decision and sign up to the Australian Organ Donor Register



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