Sign on and save a life
South Australians are being urged to sign on to the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR) this DonateLife Week.
So far this year 15 South Australian deceased organ donors have provided life-saving transplants for 54 people.
This represents a 28 per cent increase in the number of people receiving transplants compared to the same period last year when there were 42 recipients.
More than 800,000 people – almost two-thirds of South Australians – have registered their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register either directly or through the driver’s licence system.
Registering is as simple as visiting www.donorregister.gov.au
DonateLife Week runs nationally from Sunday 31 July to Sunday 7 August.
The theme for this year’s DonateLife Week 2016 is ‘What are you waiting for?’. Join the Australian Organ Donor Register online and discuss your donation decision with loved ones.
South Australians can register their organ donation wishes via a number of methods, including:
- Updating an existing Australian Organ Donation Register record via a myGov Medicare online account www.mygov.gov.au or downloading the Express Plus Medicare mobile app – no paperwork needed!
- Downloading a registration form at www.donorregister.gov.au
- Checking or updating a registration made via the SA driver’s licence system www.donorregister.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Health Minister Jack Snelling
Despite the majority of us being willing to donate, not everyone has got around to registering to become and organ donor.
This DonateLife Week I urge everyone to help end the wait for those in need of a life-saving transplant by adding their name to Australia’s national donor register.
Registering your intent to be an organ donor is important as it leaves your family in no doubt of your decision to save the lives of others.
Quotes attributable to Dr Stewart Moodie, State Medical Director DonateLife SA
The need for organ transplant is large, so it is vital we routinely offer donation as part of end-of-life care to all families of patients who have the potential to donate.
When a patient is registered, it makes it easier for the family to uphold that donation decision at a very traumatic time.
Organ and tissue donation statistics
- 65 per cent of Australians have discussed organ donation with their family and 69 per cent are willing to donate, but only 33 per cent of adults nationwide have joined the register.
- 76 per cent of South Australians are willing to become donors and the same number would accept a transplant.
- Australia-wide last year, organ donation proceeded in 91 per cent of cases where the deceased was a registered donor.
Organ donation drops to just 52 per cent if the deceased was not registered and the family had no prior knowledge of their wishes.
- More than 1,500 people Australia-wide are waiting for a transplant.