Next week is DonateLife Week and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, is encouraging Territorians to use it as a catalyst to sign up as organ donors through a new and simple online registration process.
“A minute or two of your time could save lives and make a lifetime of difference for up to 10 people needing an organ or tissue donation,” Senator Scullion said.
“Now, almost instantly, you can register to become a donor on a mobile phone, tablet or computer.”
Across the nation last year, 503 deceased and 267 living donors contributed to a record 1713 people receiving donated organs.
Research shows that more than two-thirds of Australians are willing to become organ and tissue donors.
“But only one-third have taken the step of joining the Australian Organ Donor Register,” Senator Scullion said.
“With around 1400 Australians currently waiting for a transplant, I’m asking everyone in the Territory to join the register as soon as possible.
“Jump online, type in the words ‘donatelife’ and ‘register’, and sign up using the simple, five-line form.
“And while you’re doing it, please share your decision with your loved ones.”
Along with the new online registration form at www.donatelife.gov.au, Australians can still join the Australian Organ Donor Register online via the myGov, Medicare Express Plus and Department of Human Services websites, and by submitting printed forms.
DonateLife Week runs from 30 July to 6 August.