Have the chat that saves lives - commit to organ donation
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.