DonateLife ACT urge all Canberrans to discuss organ and tissue donation with their families
and to understand their decisions during DonateLife Week, which will be held on Sunday
24 February – Sunday 3 March 2013. One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of
ten or more people. So please have the conversation about organ and tissue donation with
your family that could one day save the lives of many.
Canberra achieved its highest ever annual organ donation outcomes in 2012 with 12 organ
donors. Nationally 1,052 Australians received an organ transplant in 2012 as a result of the
generosity of 354 people who lost their lives and of their families who agreed to donation.
Last year there were 1,099 organs transplanted which included 606 kidneys, 230 livers,
72 hearts, 4 heart/lung, 144 lungs, and 38 pancreas’ (plus four pancreas islets and one
intestine). Also 1,169 Australians donated their corneas and 1,942 Australians had their sight
improved through corneal transplants.
During DonateLife Week, take some time to share your wish with your family and
close friends, and ask them about their wishes. DonateLife Week is Australia’s national
awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation. DonateLife ACT is holding numerous
community events and activities across Canberra that is listed on the DonateLife website.