Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
Coalition Government funding of $15,934 is going to Darwin restaurant Little Miss Korea to encourage more Darwin community members to discuss with their families and register to become organ and tissue donors, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, announced.
“This is about saving and changing lives,” Senator Scullion said.
“The funding is an important part of the Coalition Government’s Community Awareness Grants Programme, administered by the Organ and Tissue Authority.”
Mrs Ganley said the funding will go towards Little Miss Korea to hold a street party to launch DonateLife Week in the NT.
“I look forward to this street party proceeding and helping to lift the number of registered local organ and tissue donors,” Mrs Ganley said.
Little Miss Korea owner and chef Chung Jae Lee underwent a life-changing kidney transplant in November 2016 and in 2017 held a Dinner under the Stars event which raised more than $12, 000 to buy specialist equipment for Royal Darwin Hospital.
The 2018 grants programme is supporting 20 local, community-based projects across the nation, aimed at increasing organ and tissue donation awareness.
Senator Scullion said the majority of funded projects will directly support DonateLife Week, 29 July – 5 August 2018.
“I encourage Territorians to get involved in DonateLife Week by supporting local events, having your own workplace morning tea or by registering your decision to become a donor online,” Senator Scullion said.
“The DonateLife website has a number of resources for everyone to download and use, including a supporter kit with information about how to get involved.”
While Australia has more than doubled the number of deceased organ donors, and saved more than 10,000 lives since the national programme began in 2009, the national consent rate remains at around 60 per cent.
Mrs Ganley said registering to be a donor directly influences consent rates, with nine in ten families agreeing to donation proceeding when their loved one is a registered donor.
“In a 2017 national survey done by the Commonwealth Organ and Tissue Authority half of Territorians said they are willing to donate their organs and tissue, but only 12% have registered their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register. At the same time 62% would accept a life-saving transplant.
“100% of Territorians surveyed are confident their partner or family members would uphold their donation decision in the event of their death, yet only 57% Territorians have discussed the topic of organ donation with their families.
“Thanks to a new registration process, it is now faster and easier than ever to register your donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR). Use your mobile phone, tablet or computer and visit donatelife.gov.au where you can register in just minutes.
“It’s important to understand what a difference organ donation can make,” Mrs Ganley said.
“Currently 1,400 Australians are waitlisted to receive a donated organ and more than 11,000 people are on renal dialysis, many of whom would benefit from a kidney transplant.”
To view the list of the 20 successful Community Awareness Grants recipients visit http://www.donatelife.gov.au/tenders-and-grants
To join the Australian Organ Donor Register visit http://donatelife.gov.au