The Turnbull Government has unveiled a new online organ donor registration process which will allow almost instant registration by using a mobile phone, tablet or computer.
And to help increase the numbers of donors, Aged Care and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt also announced a new partnership with the Australian Football League.
‘‘We’re proud to have the AFL on the organ donation team,’’ Mr Wyatt said.
‘‘Having all 18 clubs and the AFL Women’s league going hard for the goal of more organ donors promises to be a winner for everyone.
‘‘Last year, a record 1713 Australians received a transplant thanks to the generosity of 503 deceased and 267 living organ donors and their families.
‘‘But we are encouraging more Australians to sign up given we can and must do better, with around 1400 Australians waiting for a lifesaving transplant right now.’’
Sport Minister Greg Hunt said through the partnership the AFL and AFLW would directly contribute to the online donor registration campaign by driving consistent and frequent messages across multiple channels and platforms.
‘‘This will include digital, at-match and social media promotions spearheaded by ambassadors across all clubs,’’ he said.
‘‘With signing up now so quick and easy and Aussie Rules heroes promoting the DonateLife message, we hope thousands more people will jump online and register to save lives.’’
New research commissioned by the Organ and Tissue Authority highlights the gap between the number of Australians willing to become an organ and tissue donor (67 per cent) and the number of registered donors (33 per cent).
While 90 per cent of Australians believe it is important that their family knows their donation decision, just 56 per cent have made a decision about becoming a donor and only 51 per cent have discussed the subject with loved ones.
‘‘Joining the Australian Organ Donor Register is crucial because it leaves your family in no doubt as to your wishes,’’ Mr Wyatt said.
‘‘This is highlighted by the fact that nine out of 10 families agree to donation when the deceased is a registered donor.’’
Young adults aged 18-24 years are the demographic most willing to receive a life-saving transplant if needed (75 per cent) however only eight per cent of this age group have joined the Australian Organ Donor Register.
■If you wish to register to be an organ donor, fill out the registration form at www.donatelife.gov.au and follow the simple prompts.
Along with the new online registration form, Australians can still join the Australian Organ Donor Register online via the myGov, Medicare Express Plus and Department of Human Services websites, and by submitting printed forms.