THE state government is encouraging organ and tissue donors to find a “plus one” to tackle the state’s low participation rate.
Only 37 per cent of Sandgropers are registered donors, and it’s hoped more can be recruited during this week’s DonateLife community awareness campaign (July 28-August 4).
Even if people don’t register straight away, having a conversation often plants the seed in their mind.
WA health minister Roger Cook says WA needs more donors.
“Although we know most Australians are willing to donate their organs and tissue, only 37 per cent of people in Western Australia are registered organ donors and we’d like this to be much higher,” he says.
“We encourage more Western Australians to register to be a donor and to have a conversation about it with their family and friends.
“Registering to be an organ donor is simple and it could one day save the lives of many people.”
Last year 128 people were saved by organ donations from 41 WA residents.
This year, 29 Western Australians have donated organs to 73 people and 117 people are currently wait-listed for life-saving transplants.
Across Australia 1400 people are wait-listed for a transplant, and 11,000 are on dialysis and would benefit from a kidney transplant.
It only takes a minute to register and all you need is your Medicare card.
Go to donatelife.gov.au