Do­na­tions down

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - WELLBEING -

Organ do­na­tion in New Zealand is far be­low in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, with only 11.8 donors per mil­lion peo­ple. Even if a per­son has agreed to organ do­na­tion on their driver’s li­cense, this de­ci­sion can be – and often is – overturned by fam­ily mem­bers in dis­cus­sion with doc­tors. Govern­men­tled pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion is aim­ing to change the way doc­tors dis­cuss organ do­na­tion with fam­i­lies, stan­dard­ise the way hos­pi­tals iden­tify po­ten­tial donors, and raise aware­ness of organ do­na­tion.

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