Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
Territorians are being urged to register to be an organ and tissue donor during DonateLife Week 2018, Sunday 29 July to Sunday 5 August.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, also encouraged Territorians to attend a street party being held to launch DonateLife Week, this Saturday (July 28).
Coalition Government funding of $15,934 went to Darwin restaurant Little Miss Korea for the street party.
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.
Mrs Ganley, who will be attending the street party, said the event will include street food in Austin Lane with pop up bars and live music in a beautiful Korean themed out-doors party.
“The majority of Australians support organ and tissue donation. Now we’re asking them to make that support count by registering to be a donor at donatelife.gov.au,” Mrs Ganley said.
Senator Scullion said the Australian Organ Donor Register is the national register and it’s important to use this, as information about your registration leaves your family in no doubt of your decision to be a donor, should the situation arise.
“Registration is what counts. We know that donation comes at an intensely emotional time for families. In Australia, 90 per cent of families consent to donation when their loved one is a registered donor. When they are unsure, only 40 per cent of families consent. Put simply, more Australian lives could be saved if more people registered to be a donor,” Senator Scullion said.
“Joining the Donor Register online is easy and takes less than a minute. Once you’ve registered we encourage you to discuss this with your family so they know you are a registered donor.”
“Currently 1,400 Australians are waitlisted for a transplant and more than 11,000 people are on dialysis of whom many would benefit form a kidney transplant.”
Mrs Ganley, a former NT coroner for six years, worked closely with the Donate Life Darwin team to assist discussion with families about donation decisions when a loved one had passed away, stated that “registering to be a donor was vital to save lives”.
“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,” Mrs Ganley said.
“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.”
DonateLife Week is Australia’s national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation and is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority.
Tickets for the Little Miss Korea NT DonateLife Week street party launch are available on the Eventbrite website.
Community events and activities are held across the country and Territorians are encouraged to support the DonateLife Week campaign online and sharing information about donation through social media using the campaign hashtags #donatelife # whatareyouwaitingfor and #makeitcount.