Did you know? 

A) Only 1 in 3 Aussies are registered organ donors despite the majority (69%) believing that registering is important.

B) More than 1,600 Aussies are on the waitlist for a life-saving transplant.

C) Many Australians don’t even realise that the old system of registering as an organ donor on your driver’s license was abolished in most states, and they need to sign up via the official website.

What is DonateLife Week?

This Sunday kicks off DonateLife Week 2020, a national awareness week dedicated to promoting organ and tissue donation. The week runs from Sunday 26th July to 2nd August and aims to inspire all Australians to make a real difference to the lives of others by registering and telling their family they want to be a donor.

On Monday 27th July, DUSA is getting involved by hosting a 6pm screening of ’Dying to Live’, a feature-length documentary film following the lives of seven families impacted by organ and tissue donations. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with a diverse panel of experts and advocates to discuss the importance of organ and tissue donation. The screening and webinar are free, however you must REGISTER HERE.

The Q&A will include the following panellists:

  1. Dr Natasha Cook, a full-time nephrologist and general physician at Austin Health caring for inpatients and outpatients with kidney disease, on dialysis and with kidney transplants. Dr Cook is the physician in charge of chronic kidney disease, living kidney donor assessment and follow up and transition care from pediatric centers.
  2. Allan Turner, the father of Zaidee Turner and CEO of Zaidees Rainbow Foundation. Allan is a passionate advocate for organ and tissue donation.
  3. Louie Hehir, a Deakin University student and recipient of two kidney transplants. Louie was born with a partial blockage in his kidneys and had his first kidney transplant when he was five years old, followed by his second at 14. He will need a third in his young adult life. Whether he needs a fourth depends on stem cell research. Loui said “I’m very grateful my grandma was able to donate my first and my mum was able to donate my second. I am now focusing on promoting organ and tissue donation at all levels of education across the country”.
  4. Sophie, a Senior Education Coordinator at DonateLife Victoria. Sophie has a background in Intensive Care Nursing and has worked as a Donation Specialist Nursing Coordinator with DonateLife Victoria for four years.

To register for the documentary screening and webinar, CLICK HERE.

Throughout DonateLife Week we’ll also be posting some important facts on organ and tissue donation across our socials, so keep an eye out for all the info! 

For more information and to register to become an organ donor, CLICK HERE.