There are many ways you can use the thoughts of the day to ignite discussion and help encourage young Australians to make an informed donation decision and most importantly discuss their wishes with their family. You may like to discuss these facts with your friends or family, publish them in an online discussion, or how about reading them out to your listeners to spark up discussion on organ and tissue donation.
- Did you know that one organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people.
- Did you know that while young adults are less willing to donate tissue (69% compared to national average of 77%), 38%of young adults who have not discussed donation believe it is not necessary to discuss this sort of thing with their family. 40% are unaware that in Australia the family is always asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased. Ask and know your loved ones' donation wishes today.
- Nearly half (45%) of young adults who have not discussed their donation wishes believe that it is better to leave it to their family to make the decision about donation. Make the life changing decision while you have the chance and let your family know so they can confirm it.
- If someone close to you has decided to become an organ and tissue donor you need to know their wishes because one day you could be asked to give the final OK. Would you know what to say if you were asked if a family member wanted to be an organ and tissue donor?
- Young Australians are more likely to be undecided about becoming an organ and tissue donor. Donation is a very important decision and one that can save people's lives. Find out more information at www.donatelife.gov.au so that you can confidently make a decision and discuss it with your family.
- Have you thought about eye and tissue donation? Eye and tissue donation can usually occur up to 24 hours after death, depending on which tissues are being donated. This means that you may be able to donate tissue even if you are not able to donate organs. Tissue can save and improve the lives of many people, amongst other uses corneas can be used to give the gift of sight. Skin can be used to help burns patients. Bone and musculoskeletal tissue can be used to replace bone lost as a result of injury or tumor.