Community Awareness Grants awarded to support DonateLife Week 2014
Assistant Minister for Health Senator Fiona Nash today announced $463,000 in Community Awareness Grants which will enable 15 organisations to contribute to the national DonateLife community education campaign.
"The Community Awareness Grants will support a diverse mix of innovative community-based projects to inspire and engage with the Australian community about organ and tissue donation and the importance of family discussion about donation decisions," Minister Nash said.
"The projects will reach a national audience during DonateLife Week 2014, and are part of a broader program of activities to be completed by 30 June 2014. Projects will also target those Australians who are less likely to have decided about or discussed organ and tissue donation such as young adults aged 18-29 years, men and Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse communities."
DonateLife Week (Sunday 23 February – Sunday 2 March 2014) is Australia's national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation. The theme of DonateLife Week 2014 is 'Have the chat that saves lives. Ask and know your loved one's donation decision.'
"In DonateLife Week 2014, every Australian will be asked to 'have the chat' with their loved ones. It's a conversation that can help prepare loved ones – often under very trying and tragic circumstances – to uphold your decision and proceed with organ and tissue donation," Minister Nash said.
Although three in four Australians have discussed the subject with family members, only 53% of people know their loved ones' donation decisions. Importantly, 96% of those who do know their loved ones' donation decision say they would uphold their decision.
The Community Awareness Grants are administered by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of its Community Awareness and Education program.
"The Community Awareness Grants Program provides an important opportunity for communities across Australia to get involved in educating the public about organ and tissue donation in order to normalise decision-making and family discussion about donation decisions."
To view the list of the 15 successful Community Awareness Grants recipients visit www.donatelife.gov.au
Released 13 December 2013