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Organ donor forms now to go with licence renewals

By johnboy 4 August 2008 72

Katy Gallagher has proudly announced that from now on when you renew your licence you’ll also have an organ donation form pushed your way to remind you to think about the issue.

    The ACT Government will now be able to distribute Australian Organ Donation Register (AODR) Forms with driver licence renewal notices through Road User Services, the Minister for Health Katy Gallagher MLA announced today.

    The Minister said that the changes had arisen following an approach from a member of the community late last year suggesting that this might be a strategy to increase organ donation rates.

While no-one outside of fringe nutters is actually against organ donation I can’t help but notice that people get extremely resistant when they feel they’re being badgered on the topic.

Anyone remember how the sight of Kerry Packer calling for more organ donors created a drop in donations?

What’s Your opinion?


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blueberry 10:04 am 06 Aug 08

So you are a qualified transplant doctor are you then?
I’m pretty sure your kidney that may be a little over weight is still going to be a whole lot better than none to a person suffering kidney failure. You never know what they can do these days.

PeraPHon 9:17 am 06 Aug 08

I’m not an organ donor. I’m overweight and I know that my organs would be declared non-viable, so why bother to give something that would just be rejected?

Special G 7:55 am 06 Aug 08

I heard the other night on the news only 47 people were listed as donors in the ACT. Given Mrs G and I are both registered I thought this might have been incorrect. All you need to do is fill out a form in medicare to get listed. If more people have the form and reply is prepaid then there might be more people willing to register.

gun street girl 11:04 pm 05 Aug 08

An inclusive debate? With somebody who quotes ACA articles as evidence…? The reason I’m not wasting my breath is because your comments have hardly invited an inclusive debate – you’ve merely tar-and-feathered an entire profession based on the actions of a few bad apples. If I had a dollar for every time somebody’s trotted out sentiments akin to yours, I’d be retired by now. Throw out something more than a few lines reminiscent of The Daily Telegraph, and then we might just have that debate. Until then – ho hum – yes, all the doctors are closing ranks, they’re all out to get you, and they’ve all got a hidden agenda. Call Scully and Mulder – it’s a conspiracy.

Granny 11:04 pm 05 Aug 08

jakez said :

Your loved one is not worth a 60k loan?

This is not Yuppieland, Jakez. In the real world, who is going to loan a sole parent on the pension $60K to save their kid?

johnboy 10:55 pm 05 Aug 08

RiotACT’s first girl-fight (to my knowledge).

And not one piece of personal abuse, I’m so proud.

*ducks*

I-filed 10:53 pm 05 Aug 08

Well, a self-serving, closed-thinking system is fated to necrotise and fail, gun street girl. No wonder the medical profession is in trouble. If you are only interested in the ‘insider’s view’ you probably need to take your thoughts to a closed forum for such insiders and not trouble readers on this one, who expect an inclusive debate!

gun street girl 8:12 pm 05 Aug 08

Again, I’m not interested in debating the point with you. If you want to draw dogmatic conclusions from what you’ve seen on ACA and the like, go right ahead – I’ve no time for slanging matches with people with little objective insight into the industry. My posts here are more for people who’d like an insider’s view (Woody – no offense taken, matey).

I-filed 6:39 pm 05 Aug 08

gun street girl, you are very naively assuming no gap between the rhetoric and the reality … no conspiracy theories needed. By the way, the Tasmanian hospital sexual assaults were not made up. Those were professors of medicine …

jakez 1:31 pm 05 Aug 08

Belles said :

Belles said :

Your loved one is not worth a 60k loan?

Not saying their not worth it, just saying that it may be hard for some people to get it/cover it. If I needed to have that amount of money to save my loved ones life I would do anything I could.

And I do agree it is the supply that definitely needs to go up. From general conversations about it people don’t think about it so don’t complete the form. People need reminders to be aware.

I absolutely agree.

Belles 1:20 pm 05 Aug 08

Belles said :

Your loved one is not worth a 60k loan?

Not saying their not worth it, just saying that it may be hard for some people to get it/cover it. If I needed to have that amount of money to save my loved ones life I would do anything I could.

And I do agree it is the supply that definitely needs to go up. From general conversations about it people don’t think about it so don’t complete the form. People need reminders to be aware.

jakez 12:46 pm 05 Aug 08

Belles said :

In regards to buying and selling organs, ifpeople in Australia are having trouble covering the cost of living then only the rich will get transplants and organs and the people not as well off will continue to struggle or not get anything.

Your loved one is not worth a 60k loan?

Perhaps we could start a benevolent charity, purchasing organs for those deemed worthy. Perhaps we could contract with someone, an employer for instance, upfront payment in exchange for a term of work. No different to the ADF ;-).

As it stands, it’s hardly better now. The rich are the ones that can afford the overseas trip. We have so little available organs right now, it’s the supply that desperately needs to go up.

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