SENATOR KATY GALLAGHER
SENATOR FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
GIFT OF LIFE AWARD A REMINDER TO CONTINUE TO REGISTER AS ORGAN DONOR
It is a great honour to receive the 2015 Gift of Life Special Award, in recognition of leadership and support for raising awareness of organ and tissue donation in the ACT.
I have personally seen so many lives transformed from the generous gift of organ donation and it is something that I have been a passionate advocate for over many years.
I hope to use this award as a further opportunity to promote awareness of the benefits that come from registering as an organ donor.
I would also like to extend my congratulations to all the recipients of this year’s Gift of Life awards, and pay tribute to their outstanding contributions in promoting organ and tissue donation. I’d particularly like to recognise the two young recipients of this year’s Angus Fairbairn-Cody Award, Ava Bancroft and Harry Irvine.
Ava and Harry are living testaments to the transformational power of organ and tissue donation and I am certain that through sharing their stories, they and their families will inspire many to take the next step and register as an organ donor.
At any one time in Australia there are 1600 people in need of an organ donation, with the average wait for those fortunate enough to receive a donation between 6 months and 4 years.
While organ and tissue donor registration rates in Australia continue to rise Australia’s registration rates continue to lag comparable countries around the world.
Australia is world-leader when it comes to successful transplant outcomes and there is no reason why we can also be a world leader when it comes to organ and tissue donation rates.
A single organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people seriously ill people and it is crucial that you have the conversation with your loved ones about your intention to donate. Without the permission of family, your wishes may not be carried out.
To learn more about organ and tissue donation, what to do when you decide to become a potential donor and suggestions on how to discuss your wishes with your family visit the DonateLife or call (02) 6174-5625.
MONDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2015