Sunday Territorian : 2020-08-02

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16 SUNDAY AUGUST 2 2020 How many lives can help save one RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS from when the heart stops beating or when the brain stops functionin­g. Only 2 per cent of people who die in Australian hospitals can be considered for organ donation. Dr Kennedy believes it is for this reason Territoria­ns need to start the conversati­on about organ donation with their families. “If we could somehow find a way to maybe get away from the difficult concept of talking about death and dying and rather talk about — ‘if I were to die, I’d like to be an organ donor’ — then the rest of that conversati­on evolves over time,” he said. “If people were just aware that if you unexpected­ly died, and you were able to donate your organs to someone and save or change their lives, then it’s a good thing. “I think if we could just get that out there, that it is a good thing to be an organ donor and a good considerat­ion, then we can have more difficult conversati­ons later down the track.” Donation specialist nurse co-ordinator Shan Cairnes facilitate­s the donation process from consent with families to performing medical stability checks. She said one of the most special parts about her job was seeing the generosity of people while grieving, and that the act often provided families with a sense of comfort. “We’re meeting families in their worst possible times, and asking them something that most people have not even thought about,” she said. “We’re trying to support them through fairly acute grief and, at the same time, seeing if this is something that raphaella.saroukos@news.com.au OFTEN only two faces are thought about in organ donation: the donor and the recipient. In this process, however, are a multitude of faces, from doctors and nurses to logistic staff and delivery drivers, who all ensure this precious gift of life is received. Last year, the lives of 1683 Australian­s were saved by organ transplant­s. In 2019, the Territory had a donation rate of 16.3 donors per million population. Currently in the Territory, we are not able to perform organ transplant­s, but this does not stop the local Donate Life team from ensuring organ recipients have a second chance, and the families of the deceased have the chance to let their loved ones save the lives of others. Intensive Care Unit specialist Niall Kennedy cares for and identifies patients who might be suitable for organ donation. He says one of the most common misconcept­ions is that anyone can become an organ donor. In fact, a person has to pass specific circumstan­ces in the ICU, either they would be interested in. And I guess seeing that amazing ability of people to think of other people, even when they’re in these horrible, horrible moments, that they can Pet owners face quarantine drama ANIMAL lovers returning to Australia from overseas are expected to encounter a roadblock with the nation’s only pet quarantine hub likely to reach capacity by September. Cats and dogs arriving from overseas must undergo a minimum 10-day quarantine period at the facility. Some pets have been left stranded overseas after their Australian expat owners were forced to come home because of COVID-19. The situation is even more complicate­d because the pet hub, the Mickleham Post Entry Quarantine Facility, is in locked-down Melbourne. IT’S TIME TO BE A TERRITORIA­N Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a getaway at the iconic Croc Hotel? It is located on the Mirrar peoples land in the township of Jabiru and is perfectly situated for Territoria­ns to explore many of Kakadu’s most significan­t natural attraction­s such as Ubirr, Nourlangie, Maguk Gorge, Cahills Crossing and the Mamukala Wetlands. NT LOCALS RATE AT THE CROC From $139 per night* BOOK NOW www.kakadutour­ism.com With Kakadu Tourism you can experience it all! *For full terms and conditions see website. WE ARE CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY A network of schools that create a lifetime of connection­s Enrolments are now open, with interviews available face to face, or via phone or skype. Join us in 2021. WE HAVE FAITH IN THEIR FUTURE EARLY LEARNING | PRIMARY | SECONDARY | BOARDING www.ceont.catholic.edu.au NTNE01Z01M­A - V1 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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