DonateLife Week 2012
DonateLife Week 2012 Sunday 19 – Sunday 26 February.
DonateLife Week is Australia’s national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation. During DonateLife Week, the organ and tissue sector will be holding a range of events to encourage Australians to set time aside during the week to talk about organ and tissue donation.
DonateLife Week is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of the Australian Government’s National Reform Agenda to increase organ and tissue donation for transplantation.
The national theme for DonateLife Week 2013 is “Make your wish count. Discover, decide and discuss organ and tissue donation”. This is because in Australia the family of every potential donor is always asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased before organ and/or tissue donation can proceed. Less than 2% of all deaths in hospitals are in circumstances where donation is even possible and are sudden, traumatic and unexpected. This is why every family needs to be in a good position to uphold their loved one’s wishes.
Click here for the DonateLife Week 2012 Online Kit which has many resources and ideas to help you get involved.
The DonateLife “Book of Life: A collection of life-saving and life-changing stories” contains stories of hope about organ and tissue donation written by everyday Australians. Donor recipients, donor families, living donors and everyday people share their experiences in the DonateLife Book of Life. See the online version of the DonateLife Book of Life here, or submit your own story to the DonateLife Book of Life here
Goal for the Week
The goal for DonateLife Week is to encourage all Australians to talk about organ and tissue donation and to discuss their donation decision with the people closest to them.
During the Week, DonateLife will be focused on encouraging all Australians to talk about organ and tissue donation, share their stories and wishes about organ donation and generate family and close friend discussion.