What may help

Register your organs
 
Many people incorrectly assume that the “organ donor” note on their driver’s licence means their intentions have been formally registered.

In fact, to record your formal consent (or objection) to donating organs, you will need to sign on to the Australian Organ Donor Register, through Medicare. You need to be over 18 and you can stipulate which organs or tissue you would be prepared to donate. Authorised medical staff can use this database to verify your wishes regarding donations.

Talk to your family

Even if you have formally registered your consent to donating organs you should discuss your decision with your family since they may have an option to override your decision in the end.

Grieving family members may well be more sensitive than you expect about how your body is treated after death, so make sure they understand your feelings about organ donation.

 

Tips

Grieving family members may well be more sensitive than you expect about how your body is treated after death, so make sure they understand your feelings about organ donation.


For more information

  • Medicare oversees the Australian Organ Donor Registry, phone 1800 777 203 or visit a Medicare office.
  • Donate Life provides information and resources to help people talk about organ and tissue donation.
  • You can see some of the research the National Health and Medical Research Council is looking at regarding the ethics of organ donation.

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Life, Hope & Reality was developed and written by Afaf Girgis, Claire Johnson, and Sylvie Lambert with funding from the NHMRC and Cancer Council NSW.

Last updated 30 August 2015