It’s DonateLife Week | Health and Aged Care Portfolio Ministers

Media event date:

July 24, 2022

Date published:

July 25, 2022

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Press release

Spectators:

General public

This DonateLife week (July 24-31), 100,000 Australians are invited to register as organ and tissue donors in the Great Registration Race.

The Minister responsible for the Australian Government’s National Program to Increase Organ and Tissue Donation, Hon. Ged Kearney MP today kicked off DonateLife Week at his former workplace, Melbourne’s Austin Hospital.

Minister Kearney, a 20-year-old former nurse, was joined at the Austin hospital today by toddlers Zoe Gallacher, 3, Ashleen Kainth, 2, and Riley Swander, 3, and their families. The children all received liver transplants at the Royal Children’s Hospital, with care from surgeons based on Austin’s world-leading liver transplant team.

Minister Kearney said that while four in five Australians supported donation, there were around 13 million people aged 16 and over who had not yet registered as organ and tissue donors.

Data released today shows how many Australians are on the Australian Organ Donor Register, broken down by LGA – with a national average of 36%.

So while 2021 has seen an 87% increase (up from 2020) in the number of people registering as organ and tissue donors with approximately 350,000 new registrations, there is still much to be done to increase registration rates this week DonateLife.

The problem isn’t that Australians don’t support organ and tissue donation – it’s that they don’t know how to register, don’t think they’re healthy enough or don’t have just didn’t have time to do it.

With around 1,750 seriously ill people on Australia’s waiting list hoping for a potentially life-saving organ transplant, and another 13,000 people on dialysis, some of whom could benefit from a kidney transplant, the demand for bodies has never been bigger.

Any Australian aged 16 and over can register online. Regardless of your age or health, you can still register as an organ and tissue donor.

An organ donor can save up to seven lives and help many more through eye and tissue donation.

It only takes a minute to register as an organ and tissue donor at donatelife.gov.au or just three taps in your Express Plus Medicare app.

DonateLife Week runs from today, Sunday July 24, until next Sunday, July 31, with events and activities taking place across the country.

Quotes attributable to the Deputy Minister of Health and Aged Care, Hon. Ged Kearney, MP

“Having started my career as a nurse, organ and tissue donation is a subject that I am extremely passionate about, as I have seen firsthand the impact it can save and change lives.

“This great DonateLife week registration race, I encourage all Australians to register as organ and tissue donors, it really only takes a minute online at donatelife.gov.au or just three taps in your Medicare Express Plus app.”

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