To optimise every potential organ and tissue donation, this DonateLife Week are asking every Australian family to have the chat that can save lives.
To help start the conversation, we’re asking Australians to consider ‘if you’d say yes to a life-saving transplant, have you said yes to becoming an organ and tissue donor’?.
Families play a crucial role in the donation process because they are asked to support the donation decision of their loved one.
A main reason families decline donation is because they simply don’t know what their loved one wanted. Families that have discussed and know each other’s donation decisions almost always say ‘yes’ and they gain comfort from knowing they are upholding the wishes of the deceased.
Only around 1% of people die in hospital in the specific circumstances where organ donation is possible. Many more people can become eye and tissue donors as tissues can be donated up to 24 hours after death regardless of where death occurred.
When you’ve decided about organ and tissue donation, you need to register your decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register and, most importantly, have the chat with your loved ones this week.