26 September 2023

New campaign to boost organ donation

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NSW residents are being urged by Service NSW to give the gift of life, with a new four-week campaign calling on people to register as an organ donor via the Service NSW app.

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government, Victor Dominello said a new tile would feature prominently on the Service NSW app during the month’s campaign.

Mr Dominello said the tile re-directed customers to the DonateLife website where they could register and find out more information about organ and tissue donation.

“For the next month we’ll be using the Service NSW app to boost the number of people registered on the Australian Organ Donation Register,” Mr Dominello said.

“Registering is important because it lets your family and the doctors and nurses know that you want to be a donor,” he said.

“It takes less than a minute and has the potential to save up to seven lives or transform many more through tissue donation.”

Mr Dominello said that in NSW, 41 per cent of adults were registered to be an organ donor, “but we want to improve these numbers and potentially save lives with a few taps on the phone”.

Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport, Rob Stokes said many people who had previously consented to be organ donors were unaware that they were no longer on the register.

“When the organ donation registry became a single national system, many people who had previously ticked ‘yes’ to organ donation when applying for their NSW drivers licence were no longer listed as organ donors,” Mr Stokes said.

“This campaign is a great opportunity for people to sign up to the national register and to have a conversation with their loved ones to let them know their wishes,” he said.

“We encourage NSW residents to take a few moments to jump online and pledge to give the gift of life to those in need.”

Further information on organ donation can be accessed at this PS News link.

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