This DonateLife Week we’re encouraging more Australians to register to be an organ and tissue donor and to have a conversation about it with their family and friends.
DonateLife Week is our annual community awareness campaign to promote organ and tissue donation in Australia.
Each year, events are held across Australia across the week to encourage Australians to register on the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR) and to tell their family and friends they want to be a donor.
Did you know only one in three Australians have joined the AODR, even though 81 per cent believe registration of donation decisions is important*?
Registration is important and so is having a conversation about it. In 2018, 9 out of 10 families agreed to donation when their family member was on the donor register. Consent for donation was given in 7 out of 10 cases when the family had prior knowledge of their loved one’s wishes. This dropped to 5 out of 10 families agreeing to donation when the family was unaware of their wishes.
More than 1,400 Australians are today on wait lists for a life-saving or life-transforming transplant. If you are willing to one day save lives by becoming an organ and tissue donor, please register and discuss your decision with your family and friends.