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27 Jul 2021

 

The decision to donate organ and tissue is an act of extraordinary generosity that can transform the lives of many.

Each year it gives hundreds of adults and children a renewed chance at living a full and active life.

Nepean Hospital Donation Specialist Nurse, Jodie Cowell says there are currently around 1,800 people on the waitlist for a lifesaving organ transplant with a further 12,000 on dialysis, some of who may benefit from a kidney transplant.

“To put it simply we need more people to put their hand up and register. There are around 13 million Australians aged 16+ who are eligible to register as an organ and tissue donor – but haven’t,” says Jodie.

The global pandemic has had a direct impact on organ and tissue donation. In 2020 there was a 12% decrease in people receiving a transplant upon the previous year, as well as a 16% decrease in donors and a 16% decrease in registrations.

This DonateLife Week (25 July to 1 August) Australians are encouraged to get behind the Great Registration Race – an initiative to get up to 100,000 people to register as organ and tissue donors and to check their registration.

“It only takes one minute to register and potentially save somebody else’s life. If you want to be a donor, it’s important you tell your family and friends.

Ready. Set. Register. Join the race today.