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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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Organ donor forms now to go with licence renewals
AussieGal83 1:40 pm 04 Aug 08

I think this is a good idea.

Kramer 1:38 pm 04 Aug 08

I reckon a organ donor form in the same envelope is still too hard for some people (especially those doing stupid things that render them a potential donor). It needs to be a box to tick on your licence renewal form.

Also they should include a form to register as a blood donor for all motorbike riders.

cranky 1:37 pm 04 Aug 08

I’m 100% sure that the ACT did have, at one time, a section of the driver’s license which you signed to agree to become an organ donor.

This seems to have been quietly dropped a bit later. I am going back 20 – 25 years at a guess.

Thumper 1:31 pm 04 Aug 08

I’m leaving mine to be eaten by wolves…

Mr Evil 1:26 pm 04 Aug 08

I’m taking mine with me – just in case I need them on the other side.

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:20 pm 04 Aug 08

The government is elected by all people to act in the best interests of all people, not just one person. The best interests of those receiving donated organs outweigh those of the dead person. Therefore, the government should legislate to take the person’s organs. It’s not that much different from the government telling you what you can and can’t do with a corpse for public health reasons.

Hey, it’s utilitarianist, but it’s a philosophical justification. The flip side – “how can the government not intervene to save the lives of many just so that it can respect the wishes of a dead person who arguably has no interests” – is no less thorny.

Disclaimer – I’m not a donor.

justbands 1:16 pm 04 Aug 08

>> Give me your philosophical justification for the Government having the right to a part of a persons body.

The donor is dead, they have no use for any part of their body anymore. Regardless of your beliefs, once you’re gone….your body simply rots in the ground or is turned into a pile of ash. When there’s a chance that some part of that body can give someone else life or a greatly improved standard of living, then I think it’s quite wrong to be so selfish as to not allow that to happen.

jakez 1:10 pm 04 Aug 08

justbands said :

>> outside of people with religious objections, I don’t understand why so few Australians are

I don’t understand those with religious objections either…I think we make too many excuses for religous groups on issues like this. I say “I don’t care what your god thinks, we need your liver” is a better way to deal with them. Organ donation should be mandatory.

Give me your philosophical justification for the Government having the right to a part of a persons body.

jakez 1:08 pm 04 Aug 08

Mr Waffle said :

I went to the website a while ago, but it said I had to do a bunch of stuff. I’m too lazy to do that sort of thing. This is a good idea, ’cause I’ll actually be willing to fill out paperwork when getting my licence…

See! Too hard.

justbands 1:08 pm 04 Aug 08

>> outside of people with religious objections, I don’t understand why so few Australians are

I don’t understand those with religious objections either…I think we make too many excuses for religous groups on issues like this. I say “I don’t care what your god thinks, we need your liver” is a better way to deal with them. Organ donation should be mandatory.

Aurelius 12:47 pm 04 Aug 08

Last I heard, the donation rate was low not because there weren’t enough donors, but because having the ‘donor’ box ticked can be overridden once you’re dead by interfering relatives (and this was happening in some large percentage of cases).
The ability of family to override our wishes needs to be addressed.
While it remains, efforts like this one are futile.

johnboy 12:39 pm 04 Aug 08

I’m not saying it won’t work.

Just that there are some risks and a lot will depend on how it’s handled.

Mr Waffle 12:36 pm 04 Aug 08

I went to the website a while ago, but it said I had to do a bunch of stuff. I’m too lazy to do that sort of thing. This is a good idea, ’cause I’ll actually be willing to fill out paperwork when getting my licence…

jakez 12:34 pm 04 Aug 08

I too am a registered donor. I’ve been following Senator Humphries campaign recently for Australia to adopt an ‘opt out’ scheme, which I am fundamentally opposed to. In doing some research I believe I came across some prose that indicated that Australians did want to be organ donors but the problem was with actually signing up.

Anything that can simplify the process is probably a good idea in my opinion. I’ll also be interested to see what happens with this ‘campaign’, whether it increases donor registrations or decreases them as johnboy has hypothesised.

FredJ 12:05 pm 04 Aug 08

They’ve done this in the UK for a while now. Personally I’m a registered donor and, outside of people with religious objections, I don’t understand why so few Australians are. They’re no good to you once you’re dead and the thought that they can save or massively improve the quality else’s life makes the thought of dying a bit better.

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