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Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Jes­sica War­riner

LO­CAL emer­gency re­spon­ders are jump­ing on board a new cam­paign to talk about or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion.

In the lead-up to DonateLife Week, Aus­tralia’s na­tional aware­ness week to pro­mote or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion, Perth’s Bone and Tis­sue Bank PlusLife has launched a cor­po­rate chal­lenge to in­crease aware­ness of life-changing do­na­tions and to bol­ster the num­bers of peo­ple reg­is­ter­ing their wishes.

Bel­mont-based St John Am­bu­lance is one work­place that has joined the move­ment.

Metro op­er­a­tions man­ager Joel Moore has been a para­medic for 17 years and said the topic was some­thing ev­ery­one should ad­dress sooner rather than later.

“It’s a dis­cus­sion that peo­ple should be hav­ing prior to a crit­i­cal stage in life, so that fam­ily are aware of peo­ple’s wishes and can make choices if some­one’s un­able to make their own choices,” Mr Moore said.

Act­ing gen­eral metro am­bu­lance man­ager Adam O’Byrne said St John Am­bu­lance had signed on to the PlusLife cor­po­rate chal­lenge as they be­lieved the is­sue of or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion was a very im­por­tant one.

“Our on-road peo­ple al­ways strive to main­tain life no matter how pre­car­i­ous the cir­cum­stances,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“We know a sin­gle or­gan and tis­sue donor can trans­form the lives of 10 or more peo­ple.

“We en­cour­age ev­ery­one, not just St John peo­ple, to con­sider reg­is­ter­ing on the Aus­tralian Or­gan Donor Reg­is­ter, and in do­ing so, talk­ing through the op­tions with their loved ones.”

PlusLife man­ag­ing direc­tor Anne Cowie said the cor­po­rate chal­lenge aimed to get dis­cus­sion hap­pen­ing in work­places and in fam­i­lies.

“Na­tional sta­tis­tics show that nine in 10 fam­i­lies agree to do­na­tion when their loved one is a reg­is­tered donor,” Mrs Cowie said.

“But this fig­ure drops to just five in 10 fam­i­lies when the de­ceased has not reg­is­tered and rel­a­tives are not clear about their loved one’s wishes.”

Picture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d471759

Na­dine Liechti, of Plus Life, and Joel Moore sup­port or­gan do­na­tions.

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