DonateLife Week – ‘Dying to Live’ documentary screening and Q&A Webinar
Monday 27 July
Online – Zoom
REGISTRATION: This is a FREE event, however registration via the below link is essential. REGISTER HERE
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 Q&A will include the following panellists:
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.
Allan Turner, the father of Zaidee Turner and CEO of Zaidees Rainbow Foundation. Allan is a passionate advocate for organ and tissue donation.
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”.
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.