Transplant Games Celebrate Australian Organ and Tissue Donors

28 September 2014

Transplant Games Celebrate Australian Organ and Tissue Donors

The Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, today acknowledged the generosity of Australian organ and tissue donors and their families at the opening ceremony of the 14th Australian Transplant Games in Melbourne.

"The Transplant Games are an important opportunity to remind all Australians of the lives that can be saved through the gift of organ and tissue donation," Minister Nash said.

"The life-transforming gift of organ and tissue donation will be celebrated through this national sporting event, and I wish all participating athletes-representing donor families, transplant recipients and living donors-the very best."

The Australian Transplant Games are held every two years and are open to transplant recipients, donor family members, living donors and people waiting for a transplant.

"These Games are an important part of our national calendar of events and I hope they inspire all Australians to think about, decide and discuss organ and tissue donation," Minister Nash said.

"Each athlete at these Games, and their families and supporters, is an example of the importance of family discussion, and knowing about a person's decision to donate. Speaking with your family and letting them know your donation decision could help save the lives of up to 10 people in the future."

At the end of last month, 253 generous donors and their families transformed the lives of 741 transplant recipients through an organ transplant. While all Australians have the potential to become an organ donor, less than one per cent of hospital deaths occur in the specific circumstances where organ donation is possible.

This is why it is so important for your family to know what you would want if the opportunity for donation arises.

"To optimise every potential gift of organ and tissue donation, I encourage all Australians to register on the Australian Organ Donor Register and discuss, understand and know the donation decisions of your family," Minister Nash said.

It is rare for a family to decline the opportunity of a loved one becoming an organ donor when they have discussed and know the donation decisions of family members.

For more information, visit www.donatelife.gov.au

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