DonateLife Week 2016

DonateLife Week 2016

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Help end the wait for those in need of a life-saving transplant

This DonateLife Week (31 July - 7 August) Australians will be urged to join the Australian Organ Donor Register online to help end the wait for those in need of a life-saving transplant.

Just 32% of Australian adults are currently on the national Register, yet 69% of Australians say they are willing to donate. 

That is why during DonateLife Week we are asking Australians ‘What are you waiting for?’.

One of the greatest motivators for people deciding about organ and tissue donation is reading or hearing about this life-saving subject in the media.

If you’re able to run a story, we can assist you by providing state-specific information as well as putting you in touch with transplant recipients, donor families and/or medical professionals.

3 reasons Australians need to join the Australian Organ Donor Register

  1. Make it official. You can no longer register your donation decision via your driver’s licence. You need to join the Australian Organ Donor Register. Only SA residents can join via a driver’s licence or directly on to the Register.
  2. Remove doubt. Registering your decision is important because it leaves your family in no doubt of your decision to save lives a donor. 
  3. It saves more lives. In 2015, organ donation proceeded in 91% of cases where the deceased was a registered donor- this drops to just 52% where the potential donor had not registered and the family had no prior knowledge.  

Please help end the wait. There are some 1,500 Australians and their families today waiting for a life-saving transplant. 

About the Register:

  • The Australian Organ Donor Register is the only national register for organ and tissue donation for transplantation after death.
  • Recording donation decisions is voluntary and you have complete choice over which organs and tissue you wish to donate.
  • The Register enables authorised medical staff to check a person’s registered decision anywhere in Australia, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They then give that information to your family in the event of your death where donation is possible.
  • Almost anyone can donate organs and tissue. There is no age limit on the donation of some organs and tissue. While your age and medical history will be considered, you shouldn’t assume you’re too young, too old or not healthy enough to become a donor.

DonateLife Week is Australia’s annual awareness week in support of organ and tissue donation and is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority.

Video resources - What are you waiting for?

Click here to view the campaign video and click here to view the 30 second clip.

Photos from the National Launch Event

Visit the DonateLife Week 2016 National Launch Event photo gallery to view photos from the day.

Visual resources



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Social media resources





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Multicultural resources

Visit DonateLife Week 2016 multicultural resources to share your decision in seven languages.


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the facts about organ and
tissue donation

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Understanding donation


and register on the Australian
Organ Donor Register

  • Register your decision


your donation decision with family and friends

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