Community Awareness Grants to help boost registration of organ donation decisions

The Australian Government has awarded $430,000 in Community Awareness Grants to encourage more people to join the Australian Organ Donor Register online and to discuss their donation decision with family and friends.

Page last updated: 19 June 2017

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19 June 2017

The Australian Government today awarded $430,000 in Community Awareness Grants to encourage more people to join the Australian Organ Donor Register online and to discuss their donation decision with family and friends.

The Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, said the Community Awareness Grants will support 16 national and local community-based projects aimed at increasing the number of registered organ and tissue donors in Australia.

Ten of the winning projects will have activities during DonateLife Week 2017 (Sunday 30 July – Sunday 6 August) ranging from targeted engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural audiences through to local sporting and community events.

“During DonateLife Week Australians will be asked to make their decision count by registering to save lives on the Australian Organ Donor Register,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Another six projects will further encourage registration of donation decisions, including a presence at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane in March 2018 and a suite of Auslan online resources for Australians who are deaf or hard of hearing.”

Minister Wyatt said experience has shown that registration of donation decisions directly influences consent rates, with nine in 10 families agreeing to donation proceeding when their loved one is a registered donor.

“In the first five months of this year, 211 deceased organ donors and their families have generously saved and transformed the lives of 582 people. At any one time, around 1,400 Australians are waiting for a life-saving transplant,” he said.

“In 2016 a record number 1,713 lives were saved through the generosity of 503 deceased organ donors and their families and 267 living donors. More than 9,000 Australian lives were transformed through the gift of eye and tissue donation.”

The Community Awareness Grants are administered by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of its Community Awareness and Education program. The register can be accessed at the DonateLife website.

To view the list of the 16 successful Community Awareness Grants recipients visit the DonateLife website.

Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser, 0419 835 449

ORGAN AND TISSUE AUTHORITY
COMMUNITY AWARENESS GRANT RECIPIENTS BY LOCATION

RankedGrant RecipientFunding (GST exclTown, State Postcode
1Community Broadcasting Association of Australia The national project, Change a Life Today, will promote awareness of the importance of and encourage registration of donation decisions on the Australian Organ Donor Register through broadcast, digital and social media activity across 400 community radio stations and targeting mainstream as well as priority youth audiences. $ 33,510 Alexandria NSW 2015
2Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media The national project, Making it Count, will provide a coordinated national week of broadcasting and social media promotion through 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander radio stations around Australia (including local interviews and broadcasting in community languages) to actively encourage decision-making and registration online on the Australian Organ Donor Register. $ 39,400 Cairns North QLD 4870
3Griffith University The project, Make It Count, will raise awareness and encourage online registrations on the Australian Organ Donor Register at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Queensland. This will be achieved through targeted awareness, education and recruitment activities held during the Games to increase Australians’ knowledge of the benefits of donation and transplantation, and encourage decision-making and registration on the Australian Organ Donor Register. $ 46,200 Nathan QLD 4111


4Medical Channel Pty Ltd The national project, National ‘Point of Care’ Community Engagement Project, seeks to increase registrations on the Australian Organ Donor Register through promotional and outreach activities to 1,750 GP clinics including 25 super clinics, with targeted in-language resources and direct engagement with GPs. $ 75,000 North Sydney NSW 2060
5The Migrant Centre Organisation Inc. The project, Make a difference – make it count! aims to increase registrations on the Australian Organ Donor Register and increase awareness of organ and tissue donation through information sessions, media, digital and other promotions and marketing to engage priority cultural and language groups. $ 24,226 Southport QLD 4215
6Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia The national project, Engaging with culturally and linguistically diverse leadership on organ and tissue donation, focuses on engaging faith and cultural leaders and broader communities through a special issue of FECCA’s magazine Mosaic on organ donation to be launched at the FECCA 2017 Conference in October. This will be complemented by: a facilitated Q&A session on how cultural leaders can promote the benefits of donation to their communities; media; digital and social media engagement. $ 23,700 Deakin ACT 2600
7Donate Life - Gundagai and District The project, Donate Life Awareness and Community Education, seeks to promote awareness of organ and tissue donation and increase registrations on the Australian Organ Donor Register in the Gundagai Shire and Harden Shire (Jugiong) through promotional and education activities with school and universities and community forums including Registration Stations, supported by media and social media engagement. $ 2,300 Gundagai NSW 2722
8Brooke Street Medical Centre The project, Making it Count: informing and encouraging decisions, discussion and registration, aims to improve awareness of, and registration on, the Australian Organ Donor Register through direct engagement with 1,000 patients at the Brooke Street Medical Centre in Victoria, supported by media and social media engagement to engage broader community. $ 2,107


Woodend VIC 3442
9Northern NSW Local Health District and NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service The project, Make it Count, seeks to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation among NSW residents through targeted promotions and marketing on trains and buses, supported by volunteers at train and bus stations to encourage online registration on the Australian Organ Donor Register. $ 30,000


Kogarah NSW 2217
10Islamic Women's Association of Queensland Inc The project, Muslim Donation Awareness – Make it Count, aims to educate local communities about organ and tissue donation and encourage decision-making and registration on the Australian Organ Donor Register through facilitation of information workshops, promotions and social media. $ 7,420 Underwood QLD 4119
11Community Advisory Council for DonateLife WA (CAC) OneLIfeWA (auspiced by Synergy Acquisitions Pty Ltd) The project, Make it count, aims to increase awareness of donation and registration on the Australian Organ Donor Register through promotion and marketing on freeway billboards in WA, supported by volunteers for encouraging registrations at local shopping centres. $ 30,500




Mosman Park WA 6012




12Rutherglen Football Netball Club The project, Make it Count at Rutherglen Football Netball Club, seeks to promote awareness of organ and tissue donation and encourage registration on the Australian Organ Donor Register through local community sporting activities supported by local media and social media. $ 4,500 Brimin VIC 3685


13Victorian Deaf Society (Vicdeaf) The project, Accessing Life for Auslan users, seeks to make information on organ and tissue donation and the importance of registering on the Australian Organ Donor Register through production of a suite of information videos and a live streaming education session in Auslan. $ 22,202 East Melbourne VIC 3002
14Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) The project, Project Hayat, seeks to educate the Horn of Africa Muslim (Somalia, Eritrean, Oromo) communities within Victoria about the importance of organ and tissue donation. This will be achieved through training of religious instructors, information sessions, media and social media activity targeting families, women and youth within these communities. $ 45,000 West Melbourne VIC 3003
15Gift of Life Incorporated The project, Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2018, aims to encourage registration on the Australian Organ Donor Register and family discussion of donation decisions through delivery of an awareness walk to drive registration and discussion, supported by media and social media engagement. $ 30,000 Red Hill ACT 2603
16Donor Mate (Victoria) The project, Make it Count, seeks to engage young adults to encourage registration on the Australian Organ Donor Register through promotional and marketing activities, including university campus and bus/tram promotions in Victoria. $ 13,935 West Geelong VIC 3218
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