Organ Donation Scholarships Announced at Royal Adelaide Hospital
Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King, announced the inaugural recipients of the Janette Hall Professional Training and Development Scholarship program during a visit to Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia.
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7 September 2011
Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King, today announced the inaugural recipients of the Janette Hall Professional Training and Development Scholarship program during a visit to Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia.
The national scholarship program, administered by the Organ and Tissue Authority, is in memory of Janette Hall, a South Australian DonateLife Hospital Senior Nurse who died in December 2010 and became an organ donor.
“Janette Hall was a well known and loved member of the South Australian clinical fraternity who worked for many years in the area of organ and tissue donation. The legacy of Janette’s contribution to organ and tissue donation will continue through this scholarship program,” said Ms King.
“I congratulate all three recipients who will benefit from the Janette Hall Professional Training and Development Scholarship which is providing an ongoing opportunity for health professionals working in the donation and transplantation sector to attend professional training and education both in Australia and abroad.”
The first three scholarship recipients are:
- Ms Sarah Aranha, DonateLife Victoria Organ Donor Coordinator who will attend the ‘Empowering and Leading Families in Donation Discussions’ training course at the Gift of Life Institute in Philadelphia, USA, and the ‘Improving Donor Management Summit’ in New York in September this year;
- Ms Adrienne Mackey, Corneal Transplant Coordinator, Lions Eye Donation Service in Melbourne, Victoria who will attend the ‘Advanced Tissue Banking Management Course’ in Barcelona, Spain in April 2012; and
- Mr Adam Roshan, State Donor Nurse Consultant, NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service, who will be attending the ‘Advanced International Training Course in Transplant Coordination’ in Barcelona, Spain in November 2011.
Ms King acknowledged the important contribution made by the DonateLife Network and other clinical staff at the Royal Adelaide Hospital which continues to lead the country with the highest consent rates in donations after brain death and as such continues to play a key role in lifting Australia’s donation rates.
“In the first seven months of 2011, there have been 18 deceased organ donors in South Australia. I am pleased to be here today to personally thank the hospital staff and the DonateLife in SA team for their efforts. I also thank the generous families who consented to their loved one becoming a donor both saving and improving the lives of others,” Ms King said.
“This year to date we have achieved the highest national organ donation and transplantation rate for the same period in any year since national records began. This is an encouraging result, but there is much more work to be done to both sustain and build on the increases achieved,” said Ms King.
As at 31 July 2011, nationally there were 201 deceased organ donors compared to 174 deceased organ donors for the same period in 2010 representing a 16% increase and the number of transplant recipients has increased to 593 compared with 526 transplant recipients for the same period in 2010 representing a 13% increase this year.
For more information on the Janette Hall Professional Training and Development Scholarships visit the DonateLife website at.
For all inquiries, contact the Parliamentary Secretary's office 02 6277 4230
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