Victorians encouraged to register donation decision to drive continued growth in organ and tissue donation
The call is out for people to register to be an organ and tissue donor and talk to loved ones about their decision, after the latest Victorian statistics reveal a concerted effort is needed for the final weeks of the year to improve on 2014 donation numbers.
“We are all striving to increase the number of life-saving transplants for seriously ill patients. More Victorians registering to become an organ and tissue donor can help us achieve this goal,” said Dr Rohit D’Costa, State Medical Director, DonateLife Victoria.
Victoria has led the way in organ and tissue donation, with 117 generous organ donors after death in 2014, contributing almost 30 per cent to the national tally. So far in 2015, 106 Victorians have generously become organ donors helping more than 265 Australians receive a life-saving transplant.
“With close to 1,600 people nationally on transplant waiting lists at any one time, the need for more organ and tissue donors remains. We simply cannot become complacent about this life-saving community discussion. The festive season is a time when families come together, so now as much as ever, we’re encouraging people to talk about their donation decision and to register,” Dr D’Costa said.
Families will always be involved in end-of-life care of their loved one. When families are aware of the wishes of their loved ones they are much more likely to support donation. Research released by the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority in August shows 77 per cent of Victorians believe organ donation to be the ultimate act of generosity.
“We look at every opportunity for donation as a precious gift. We thank the families that have supported their loved ones wishes to become an organ and tissue donor this year.
“You are much more likely to need a life-saving transplant than you are to become a donor. If you haven’t told those closest to you that you want to be an organ donor, we urge you to do it today.
“Tell your family, friends and colleagues and register your decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register today,” Dr D’Costa concluded