Below is a template for you or your organisation to adapt and use to support the 'Know their wishes, OK?' campaign. You could promote DonateLife in your newsletter or on your website and it could also be used in your organisation's printed or online newsletters, websites or intranets. You could also use it for a staff information session over a morning tea.
ASK AND KNOW YOUR LOVED ONES' WISHES
Would you know what to say if you were asked "Did they want to be an organ and tissue donor?".
"More Australians are discussing organ and tissue donation with 77% of Australians having now discussed their donation wishes with family members," said [spokesperson for your organisation].
"The fact is though that less than 1% of people will die in hospital in the specific circumstances where organ donation is even possible. Many more have the opportunity to donate tissue. Encouragingly, the majority of people (84%) are more motivated to decide about becoming and organ and tissue donor when they learn how few people can actually become organ donors."
As part of the Australian Government's national reform strategy to increase community engagement and awareness in relation to organ and tissue donation, all Australians are encouraged to ask and know the organ and tissue donation wishes of family members.
This is because in Australia the family will always be asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased.
[Spokesperson for your organisation] said, "Around 40% of families say no to organ donation in part because they did not know the donation wishes of the deceased. Families that have discussed and know each other's donation wishes are more likely to uphold those wishes. This alone highlights why every Australian family should ask and know each other's donation wishes."
"I appeal to all Australian families to have the donation conversation– one organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of ten or more people."
"Any day of the week is a good day to have the conversation with your family and close friends. It's a conversation that will help you be prepared, should you ever be asked to confirm a loved one's donation wishes. It will also help your family be prepared should they ever be asked to confirm your wishes. It's a conversation that could one day save lives," said [spokesperson for your organisation].
For more information visit the Donatelife website.