Residents are encouraged to register as an organ donor
More than 11,000 Australian lives have been saved in the past 10 years, thanks to the generosity of organ and tissue donors and their families.
The Minister responsible for the Organ and Tissue Authority, the Hon Mark Coulton MP, has launched DonateLife Week and urged Australians to register as organ and tissue donors.
"With more than 1,400 Australians on the wait-list for a lifesaving transplant at any one time and a further 11,000 on dialysis, I’m urging people to get online this week and sign up," Minister Coulton said.
"It’s important that we get as many people as possible to consider the benefits and understand that by registering, they may one day give the gift of life to a fellow Australian."
Donors also need to make their wishes known to family and friends, as it will be those close to them who give the final consent for organs and tissue to be donated.
Registering to become an organ and tissue donor has a direct influence on families saying yes to donation, with more than 90 per cent of families proceeding when their loved one was registered.
It takes less than a minute to register - all you need is your Medicare number.