NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Register Changes Welcomed
People in New South Wales will now register for organ donation through a single national register thanks to the decision to decommission the New South Wales register.
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The Hon Catherine King MP7 August 2012
Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing
Senator Kim Carr
Minister for Human Services
People in New South Wales will now register for organ donation through a single national register – the Australian Organ Donor Register – thanks to the decision to decommission the New South Wales register.
Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing Catherine King and Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr today welcomed the decision to decommission the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Organ Donor Register – saying it removed a significant barrier to organ donation.
“This move by NSW Government towards a single national register for organ and tissue donation will help increase organ donation in NSW, and could ultimately save lives,” Ms King said.
“It aligns with the Australian Government’s National Reform Agenda to increase organ and tissue donation for transplantation.”
Senator Kim Carr said the single national register helped people make a clear decision about donation.
“The Australian Organ Donor Register – administered by the Department of Human Services – gives people access to the information they need to make a decision about donation,” Senator Kim Carr said.
Ms King said people who register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register have access to extensive information about organ and tissue donation, whereas ‘ticking a box’ on a driver’s licence is a barrier to making a truly informed decision.
“I encourage all NSW residents to go to the DonateLife website to register their organ and tissue donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register,” Ms King said.
“This website provides a variety of resources to help you discover the facts, decide, and register your donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register—and most importantly, discuss your donation decision with family members.”
How to Register on the Australian Organ Donor Register
Go to: donatelife.gov.au/decide
Call: 1800 777 203
Visit: your local Medicare Customer Service Centre
Ms King’s office, (02) 6277 4230
Minister Carr’s office, 02 6277 7200
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