Date published: 
19 June 2019
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

The Liberal and Nationals Government has today awarded $407,194 in Community Awareness Grants to organisations nationwide to encourage more Australians to talk about organ and tissue donation and register to be a donor.

The Minister responsible for the Organ and Tissue Authority, the Hon Mark Coulton MP, announced that funding has been awarded to 20 national and local community-based projects.

“The grants awarded today will drive awareness for organ and tissue donation through community and local initiatives to increase registrations on the Australian Organ Donor Register and encourage conversation about organ and tissue donation,” Minister Coulton said.

“It’s great to see the range of activities this year, including a number of grants going to rural and local communities. There is also a focus on engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural communities.”

Of the 20 projects funded, 14 will be launched during DonateLife Week 2019, with activities ranging from national broadcasting and social media campaigns to local sporting and community events.  DonateLife Week, Australia’s national awareness week dedicated to promoting organ and tissue donation, will be held from Sunday 28 July to Sunday 4 August 2019.

During DonateLife Week, all Australians are encouraged to register to be an organ and tissue donor on the DonateLife website to have the opportunity to one day save lives.

“It takes less than one minute to go online to the DonateLife website and register as an organ donor; all you need is your Medicare number,” Mr Coulton said.

Joining the Australian Organ Donor Register has a direct influence on increasing our donation rate, with nine in 10 families saying yes to donation when their loved one is a registered donor.

“With 1,400 Australians currently wait-listed for a transplant, we can do more by encouraging our friends, family and colleagues to have the chat and register as organ donors.  A further 11,000 Australians are on dialysis, many of whom would benefit from a kidney transplant.  For someone seriously ill, an organ or tissue transplant can mean the difference between life and death,” Mr Coulton said.

The Community Awareness Grants are administered by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of its Community Awareness and Education program. Grant recipients are listed on the DonateLife website.

Australian Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA)

The Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) works with states and territories, clinicians and the community sector to deliver the Australian Government's national program to improve organ and tissue donation and transplantation outcomes in Australia

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