Its DonateLife Week!
Organ, eye and tissue donation saves lives, restores health and improves the quality of life for thousands of Australians each year. But did you know that only 2% of people who die in hospital each year can be considered for organ donation? One organ donor can save the lives of up to 7 people and help many more through eye and tissue donation.
Around 1,750 people are currently on the waitlist for an organ transplant. Every person on the list has been assessed and met eligibility requirements. People are usually on the waitlist for between 6 months and 4 years, but some wait even longer. There are also a further 13,000 on dialysis due to kidney failure who may need a kidney in the future.
Everyone over the age of 16 can register to donate their organs and tissues. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or even if you think you are unhealthy.
Register now at donatelife.gov.au or with just 3 easy taps in your Medicare app. Make sure you talk to your family about your decision and that they understand your wishes!
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