Community Awareness Grants motivate Australians to DonateLife

The Australian Government is providing funding of $462,064 for public awareness initiatives that encourage Australian families to discuss and know each other's organ and tissue donation wishes.

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17 December 2014

The Australian Government is providing funding of $462,064 for public awareness initiatives that encourage Australian families to discuss and know each other's organ and tissue donation wishes, the Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, announced today.

"The Government is providing grants to 22 organisations across Australia to fund community-based awareness and education activities focused on organ and tissue donation," Minister Nash said.

"This is a subject many people avoid; yet it is vital because in Australia families are asked to support the donation decision of their loved one before donation for transplantation can proceed.

“We know it is so much easier for families to make a decision at this stressful time when they’re aware of their loved one’s donation wishes.

“Over the coming months, a mix of innovative community-based activities will highlight the importance of Australian families discussing and knowing each other’s donation decision, including events during DonateLife Week 2015 (Sunday 2 – Sunday 9 August, 2015)”.

Minister Nash said eight of the projects will focus on culturally and linguistically diverse communities, to support decision-making and discussion about organ and tissue donation.

“The projects will also reach out to those Australians who have not yet considered organ and tissue donation,” she said.

Some of the activities to be undertaken as part of the 2014-15 Community Awareness Grants include community information sessions, interactive school education activities, engagement with healthcare providers, university outreach, engagement with Indigenous communities and information forums with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Community Awareness Grants are administered by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of its Community Awareness and Education program to encourage decision-making and registration on the Australian Organ Donor Register, and to increase family discussion and knowledge of donation decisions.

Information about the 22 Community Awareness Grant recipients is available at the Australian Government Organ and Tissue Authority website.

Media contact: Kay McNiece, 0412 132 585

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