DonateLife week is Sunday 29 July to Sunday 5 August. Each year, events are held across Australia during DonateLife week to encourage all Australians to register their donation decision and to discuss their donation decisions with their loved ones. Australia is a world leader for successful transplants and while our donation rate has more than doubled in recent years, there is much more we can do.
More than 1,400 Australians are today on wait lists for a life-saving or life-transforming transplant, yet only one in three Australians have joined the Australian Organ Donor Register. If our national consent rate reaches 70%, Australia would be in the top 10 performing countries.
The Australian Organ Donor Register is the only national register for people to record their decision about becoming an organ and tissue donor for transplantation after death. The Donor Register ensures a person’s donation decision can be verified 24 hours a day, seven days a week by authorised personnel anywhere in Australia. After a person’s death, information about their donation decision can be provided to their family. If you don’t want to become an organ and tissue donor, you can also use the register to record your decision not to donate.
One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of many people. If you previously registered to be a donor on your driver’s licence, you now need to join the Australian Organ Donor Register. It only takes a minute to save a life: https://donatelife.gov.au/