DonateLife Western Australia sits under the Public Health branch within the North Metropolitan Area Health Service (NMHS). The agency coordinates all professional organ and tissue donation activities for transplantation across the state and works with hospitals and hospital-based DonateLife medical specialists and nurses to encourage best practice and to increase donation rates. The agency also offers compassionate support to donor families for as long as they require it.
DonateLife WA also aims to raise awareness and encourage discussion about organ and tissue donation in the wider community. Currently only 38% of Western Australian’s have registered their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register and nationally only 8% of all 16-25 year olds have registered their decision. It is now possible to register online in less than a minute at https://donatelife.gov.au/register-donor-today – you just need your Medicare details.
School education resources and information about organ and tissue donation are also available online http://www.donatelife.gov.au/school-education . These are aligned to the learning descriptions in the Australian Curriculum and are now available for both teachers and students. DonateLife WA also offers presentations to year 11 & 12 students and also offers information and registration opportunities at School Health Expositions. For further information, please ask to speak with the Communications Officer.