Ambassadors Promote the Gift of Life
Four prominent Australians have been appointed by the Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King as DonateLife Ambassadors.
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Four prominent Australians were today appointed by the Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King as DonateLife Ambassadors.
Ms King announced that well-known Australians Amanda Keller, Denise Drysdale, Derryn Hinch and Tania Major would help to promote organ and tissue donation as part of the Australian Government’s DonateLife campaign.
Ms King said the DonateLife Ambassadors would play an important role in helping to normalise discussion about organ and tissue donation.
The four ambassadors join the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, who was announced as the inaugural DonateLife Ambassador at the national launch of DonateLife Week.
Ms King said that although the majority of Australians support organ and tissue donation, 40 per cent don’t know their loved one’s views and many do not know how to start a conversation on the subject.
“That is why DonateLife Week is about talking about it today, any day,” Ms King said.
“I sincerely thank our DonateLife Ambassadors for championing the cause and encouraging Australians to start talking about the life-saving and life-changing gift of organ and tissue donation.”
Research conducted by the Organ and Tissue Authority found that young people aged 18 to 29, and older Australians were less likely to have discussed their donation wishes with family members. Men of all ages were less likely than women to have had a discussion with family members about their donation wishes.
DonateLife Week (20-27 February) is part of the Australian Government’s $151 million national reform of organ and tissue donation, which includes a national community awareness and education program. It promotes the message that ‘Any day is a good day to talk about organ and tissue donation, especially this week because it’s DonateLife Week’.
Find out more about the DonateLife Ambassadors at www.donatelife.gov.au.
23 February 2011
For more information, please contact the Parliamentary Secretary's Office on (02) 6277 4230
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