To coincide with DonateLife Week, TAFE Western Dubbo College, Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) and the Ochre Opportunity Hub will host a registration drive for organ donation on August 18.
TAFE Western Dubbo Student Engagement Officer Brigid Palin said all three organisations were excited to support such a worthy cause, helping raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.
“Facts state that in any one month there are around 1,500 people on transplant waiting lists, but less than one in three Australian adults have signed up to the national register – despite more than 80% of Australians viewing the registration of donation as important,” Ms Palin said.
“Organ and tissue donation saves lives and provides a second chance for very sick Australians.”
WACHS Tackling Indigenous Smoking Events and Promotion Officer Samantha Ah See, who will give a presentation on the day, said her team runs programs across NSW in conjunction with DonateLife to spread the word in local Indigenous communities that they need to consider starting conversations about organ donation.
“We know that talking about organ and tissue donation is not something that is a high priority for our people, and even when it occurs it can be a difficult conversation,” Mrs Ah See said.
“The WACHS TIS team are thrilled to be able to partner with TAFE Western to deliver this critical message.”
The registration drive will be at TAFE Western’s Dubbo Student Hub at the Myall Street College from 12.30pm.
As well as special guest speakers and other activities, there will be a free barbecue lunch. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
“Becoming an organ donor is very important and you never know, one day it may be you or one of your loved ones that needs help so please consider registering or coming along – you really can make a difference,” Ms Palin said.
If you are unable to make the registration drive, you can download a registration form or register online at www.donorregister.gov.au