Discuss your intentions
In a similar vein to the Defence Blood Challenge, Defence has partnered with DonateLife Australia to urge its members to have a discussion about recording their wishes on the register.
Defence Blood Challenge organiser Gary Schulz said the partnership was a natural association with great opportunities to promote awareness of DonateLife Week through Defence.
“Males and young adults aged between 18 and 29 are the least likely to have discussed or decided about organ and tissue donation and there’s a fair chunk of Defence people who fall into that demographic,” Mr Schulz said.
Suzi Clark, of the Organ and Tissue Authority, said Defence’s support was important in creating greater awareness of the need to discuss donation decisions with loved ones.
“We’re really looking to focus on the importance of family discussion and knowledge of donation decisions,” Ms Clark said.
“We also want to promote the importance of registering donation decisions on the Australian Organ Donor Register.”
DonateLife Week will take place from February 23 to March 2 and Ms Clark said it was the ideal time to begin a conversation.
“We also suggest that people attempt to identify any interested donor families, recipients or other people engaged with organ and tissue donation within Defence to act as advocates for organ and tissue donation.
“They could speak at events or appear on any Defence-specific posters and brochures, in a similar way to the blood challenge ambassadors from Navy, Army and Air Force,” Ms Clark said.
- One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people.
- Around 1600 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists.
- In 2012, 354 organ donors gave 1053 Australians a new chance of life.
- The number of organ donors and transplant recipients in 2012 was the highest since national records began.
- The majority of Australians are generally willing to become organ (78 per cent) and tissue (75 per cent) donors.
- In Australia the family will always be asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased before donation can proceed.
- In Australia 61 per cent of families give consent for organ and tissue donation to proceed.
- Nearly two in three Australians (58 per cent) have had a discussion with their loved ones about their donation.
- Every family making the decision about whether to agree to a donation proceeding is able to receive support from DonateLife donor family support coordinators, regardless of whether donation proceeds.