26 September 2023

Emergency services make a call for donors

Start the conversation

Victoria’s Emergency Services Agencies are encouraging people to help save lives by registering as organ and tissue donors this DonateLife Week next week (24-31 July).

In a statement, the Country Fire Authority (CFA) said four in five Australians supported donation, yet there were about 13 million eligible Australians who hadn’t registered as donors.

“This year during DonateLife Week organisers are hoping to encourage 100,000 more Australians to register as organ and tissue donors,” the CFA said.

“If one person registers every minute during July and August, the goal will be reached,” it said.

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, your medical history, your lifestyle, what country you’re from or how healthy you are – you can still register as an organ and tissue donor.

The CFA said registering took only one minute and even people who had had COVID-19 could register as donors.

It said that for the approximately 1,750 Australians currently on the organ transplant waitlist, the issue was a matter of life and death.

“There are an additional 13,000 people on dialysis who may benefit from a kidney transplant,” the Authority said.

“For others, an eye or other tissue transplant is a path to a greatly improved quality of life.”

Further information on registering as an organ and tissue donor can be accessed at this PS News link.

Start the conversation

Be among the first to get all the Public Sector and Defence news and views that matter.

Subscribe now and receive the latest news, delivered free to your inbox.

By submitting your email address you are agreeing to Region Group's terms and conditions and privacy policy.