Sunday 31 July – Sunday 7 August 2016
PAUL TURNER (1977-1982) is a liver recipient through the
Australian organ donation program. He is also the Community Engagement Officer
of Transplant Australia in WA.
Paul is proud to be part of
DonateLife Week 2016, supporting greater awareness of the importance of - and ways to register
donation decisions on the National Register. He will be promoting the
importance of registering your donation decision - and of the need to share your donation decision with family and friends.
Paul said, “Joining the National Register is important because it leaves your family in no doubt of your decision
to save lives as an organ and tissue donor.
With one organ and tissue donor able to transform the lives
of 10 or more people, DonateLife Week is a great time for us all to join
the Register online and have a chat with our loved ones. These two simple steps
could one day save lives.”
Organ donation is a unique gift. Only around 1% of all
hospital deaths are in the specific circumstances where organ donation is
possible (around 1,000 deaths in 2015). Many more can become eye and tissue
donors as tissues can be donated up to 24 hours after death,
regardless of where death occurred.
“Even if you have previously made a decision about organ and
tissue donation, DonateLife Week is a great opportunity to remind
your family about your donation decision, and to ask and know their decision. Last year, 1,241 Australian lives were transformed through
the generosity of 435 deceased organ donors and their families who agreed
Join the Australian Organ Donor Register online
today, and discuss your decision with your family and friends.
DonateLife Week is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority as
part of the national DonateLife campaign and supported by community
events and activities across Australia.
How to Register?
• You can register online, or update your existing AODR
record, via your myGov Medicare online account – or download the Express Plus
Medicare mobile app – no paperwork needed!
• You can also register online or download a registration
form at donorregister.gov.au
• If you previously registered your donation decision when
applying for or renewing a driver’s licence, you need to join the AODR via
your myGov Medicare online account to make sure you have a current record of your decision (only people in South
Australia can register on the AODR via their driver’s licence registry).
For more information visit donatelife.gov.au