Have the chat that saves lives - com­mit to or­gan do­na­tion

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

BILL Sykes (MLA, Be­nalla) is urg­ing all Mans­field res­i­dents to sup­port DonateLife Week, Aus­tralia’s na­tional aware­ness week to pro­mote or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion.

“This is some­thing that I con­sider to be very im­por­tant and I en­cour­age res­i­dents, com­mu­nity groups, and or­gan­i­sa­tions and businesses to get be­hind DonateLife Week and to dis­cuss be­ing an or­gan and tis­sue donor with fam­ily, friends and work col­leagues,” Mr Sykes said.

From Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 23 to Sun­day, March 2, Mans­field res­i­dents are be­ing urged to dis­cover the facts about or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion and to reg­is­ter their de­ci­sion on the Aus­tralian Or­gan Donor Reg­is­ter.

“It is also most im­por­tant that we help get the mes­sage out to ev­ery­one to ‘have the chat’ with loved ones to make sure their do­na­tion de­ci­sion is known,” Mr Sykes said.

“In the same way that we dis­cuss what we want to have hap­pen in the event of our death, we also need to talk about whether we would like to be­come an or­gan and tis­sue donor.

“With one or­gan and tis­sue donor able to trans­form the lives of 10 or more people, it’s a con­ver­sa­tion that could one day save lives.”

This is a con­ver­sa­tion Mans­field res­i­dents can have to­day, that helps pre­pare our loved ones should they be of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to pro­ceed with or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion.

In Aus­tralia, the fam­ily will al­ways be asked to con­firm the do­na­tion de­ci­sion of the de­ceased be­fore do­na­tion for trans­plan­ta­tion can pro­ceed.

Fam­i­lies that have dis­cussed and know each oth­ers’ do­na­tion de­ci­sions are much more likely to sup­port or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion pro­ceed­ing.

“Even if you have pre­vi­ously made a de­ci­sion about or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion, DonateLife Week is a great op­por­tu­nity to re­mind your fam­ily about your de­ci­sion, and to ask and know their de­ci­sion,” Mr Sykes said.

Less than one per cent of all hospi­tal deaths oc­cur in the spe­cific cir­cum­stances where a per­son can be con­sid­ered for or­gan do­na­tion, al­though many more have the po­ten­tial to be­come tis­sue donors.

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

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