Have the chat that saves lives

Have the chat that saves lives

Territorians are being reminded to discuss their organ donation wishes with their family as DonateLife Week kicks off on Sunday.

The national awareness week promoting organ and tissue donation in Australia will run from Sunday 23 February to Sunday 2 March 2014.

Organ donation is a rare event with only those dying in a hospital setting, under specific circumstances, deemed suitable to provide a donor organ. Many more people can become tissue donors with the suitability circumstances less limited.

“In 2013, the Northern Territory achieved a donation rate of 29.2 donors per million population (DPMP) - the nation’s highest for any state or territory and well above the national average of 16.9 DPMP. This highlights the generosity of Territorians as well as the excellent work of DonateLife NT in promoting organ donation,” Director of DonateLife NT, Professor Dianne Stephens said.

“We wish to acknowledge the seven generous Northern Territory families who consented to organ donation in 2013, saving or transforming the lives of 23 transplant recipients in Australia.”

Events will be held across the Northern Territory, with details listed below.

Darwin

Sunday 23 February           10am - 4pm   DonateLife NT at the Waterfront Precinct Wave Pool

Tuesday 25 February          11am - 2pm   DonateLife NT at Charles Darwin University

Thursday 27 February        9am - 3pm     Royal Darwin Hospital foyer display

Alice Springs

Sunday 23 February           7am - 10am   DonateLife NT Fun Run

Tuesday 25 February         9am - 3pm     Alice Springs Hospital foyer display

                                           4pm – 6.30pmDonateLife NT at Charles Darwin University

Wednesday 26 February    10am - 2pm   DonateLife NT at Alice Plaza shopping centre

Thursday 27 February        10am - 3pm   DonateLife NT at Yeperenye shopping centre

Friday 28 February             2pm - 3pm     DonateLife NT at Alice Springs Library

More information available at www.donatelife.gov.au 

Released: 20 February 2014

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