NSW DonateLife Week Launch - Media Alert

Monday 3rd August 10.30am @ Westmead Hospital, Westmead

Minister for Health Jillian Skinner launches 2015 DonateLife Week and asks the important question….

‘If you’d say YES to a life-saving transplant….have you said YES to becoming an organ and tissue donor?’

At the 2015 NSW State Launch for DonateLife Week we will also hear the stories of 14 year old Olivia Steele who had her liver transplant on her first birthday; 54 year old Australian/Italian Carlo Muscatello who had a kidney transplant in 2011 that changed his life; and Michael Gremmo – the father of young organ donor Nathan Gremmo who tragically passed away after being hit by a car just three months ago. The Gremmo family’s decision to donate Nathan’s organs saved the lives of 6 other people.

From Sunday 2 August to Sunday 9 August 2015, Australians are being urged to discover the facts about organ and tissue donation, and to make and register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register (http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/australian-organ-donor-register). Take time this DonateLife Week to have the chat about your organ and tissue donation decision with loved ones. Discover, Decide, Discuss organ and tissue donation.

 

Organ & Tissue Donation FACTS

  • In NSW last year, 92 organ donors resulted in 263 life-saving organ transplants.
  • As of 30 June 2015, 2,380,294 people from NSW had registered their donation wishes on the Australian Organ Donation Register.
  • One organ and tissue donor can save or enhance the lives of 10 or more people.
  • Approximately 1600 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists.
  • In Australia, the family will be asked to confirm the donation wishes of potential organ and tissue donors before donation can proceed. The most important thing that helps a family’s decision is knowing their loved ones wishes.

 

 

NSW DonateLife Week 2015 State Launch Details

Date:               Mon 3rd August 2015

Time:              11.00am – 1.00pm (meet a main entrance at 10:30am)

Venue:            Westmead Hospital

Cnr Hawkesbury Road and Darcy Road, Westmead NSW
 

MEDIAPlease register your attendance if possible with Media Manager Abby Edwards via email on Abby.Edwards@SESIAHS.HEALTH.NSW.GOV.AU or mobile on 0407 419 477.

 

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AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW & PHOTOGRAPHS / VISION

  • NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner.
  • Michael Gremmo - father of 13 year old Nathan Gremmo who tragically lost his life in a car accident earlier this year (2015).
  • Olivia & Lisa Steele – Olivia is a liver transplant recipient, 14 years old and received her transplant in 2002 on her 1st birthday. Lisa is her Mum.
  • Carlo Muscatello – is a 54 year old kidney transplant recipient. Carlo had his life saving transplant in 2011.
  • Dr Elena Cavazzoni, Co-State Medical Director, NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service.
  • Associate Professor Michael O’Leary, Co-State Medical Director, NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service.
  • Paul Robertson, Transplant Coordinator, Westmead Hospital.

 

Note: Full stories and photos of Nathan Gremmo, Olivia Steel and Carlo Muscatello available on request.

 

MEDIA CALL INFORMATION

11.00am – 11.45am:   Official NSW DonateLife 2015 Launch and speeches

11.50am – 12.10pm:   Photo opportunity with Minister Jillian Skinner, Olivia & Lisa Steele, Carlo Muscatello & Michael Gremmo

12.15pm – 12.30pm:   Media Tour of the Westmead Hospital Dialysis Unit with:

  • Dr Phillip O’Connell, Transplant Physician, Westmead Hospital
  • Paul Robertson, Transplant Coordinator, Westmead Hospital
  • Dr Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer and Deputy Secretary Population and Public Health
  • Dr Elena Cavazzoni, State Medical Director, NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service
  • Associate Professor Michael O’Leary, State Medical Director, NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service.
  • Danielle Fisher, General Manager, NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service.

12.40pm – 1.00pm:     Photo opportunity with Nathan Hindmarsh (former Parramatta Eels player), Olivia & Lisa Steele, Carlo Muscatello & Michael Gremmo

 

MEDIA CONTACT
 

Abby Edwards
Media & Communications Manager  | NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service
M: 0407 419 477
E: Abby.Edwards@SESIAHS.HEALTH.NSW.GOV.AU

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DISCOVER

the facts about organ and
tissue donation

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Understanding donation

DECIDE

and register on the Australian
Organ Donor Register

  • Register your decision

DISCUSS

your donation decision with family and friends

  • Who needs to know?
  • How to start the discussion