Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith is encouraging community members to let their loved ones know their wishes when it comes to organ donation.
Stuart Ayres said DonateLife week (held 31 July – 7 August 2016) provides a timely reminder to discuss organ donation with family and friends, ensuring they are aware of your final decision.
“Organ and tissue donation can ultimately save someone’s life,” Stuart Ayres said.
“One way to ensure your wishes are known is to register to become a donor. This is a selfless act that could provide someone with a second chance at life. Almost 70 per cent of residents in NSW have not registered their donation decisions on the Australian Organ Donor Register.”
Stuart Ayres said organ donation is a very rare event, with only one per cent of deaths occurring in circumstances that allow organ donation to take place.
“Discussing organ and tissue donation is difficult but it prepares our loved ones for the rare circumstance in which they will be asked to make this choice. One conversation with loved ones today could save many lives in the future,” said Stuart Ayres.
To register and for more information, visit www.donatelife.gov.au.