Organ and Tissue Authority

DonateLife Week 2020: We say “yes” and “thanks”

Article Date: 

Sunday, July 26, 2020

This DonateLife Week we have taken our annual campaign digital.  We’ll be celebrating the organ and tissue donors who say “yes” and recipients who want to say “thanks” – and sharing their stories across our digital channels.  

In 2019, 1,444 Australians received a life-saving transplant due to the generosity of 548 deceased organ donors and their families. Another 12,000 Australian lives were improved by eye and tissue transplants.

The importance of more Australians registering to be organ and tissue donors on the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR), and dispelling the myths around donation is also critically important. 

In Australia, the family of a potential organ or tissue donor is asked to agree before donation proceeds. We know that 9 out of 10 families agreed to donation in 2019 when their family member was registered. 

With 1,700 Australians on the waitlist for a life-saving transplant, help us spread the word about organ and tissue donation and the importance of registering and telling your family you want to be a donor.