Reminder: You Have To Register Separately To Donate Your Organs (And You Probably Should)

A friend of mine reminded me recently that simply having a driver's licence doesn't mean that you've been properly entered for organ donation. It's a step that so many Australians should — but don't — make.

Back when I got my driver's license, the organ donation question was a standard part of the paperwork, and I ticked it quite happily. If the headline didn't make it apparent, I'm all in favour of my organs, such as they are, being used to save lives once I no longer need them. That's no longer the case, however, and hasn't been for some time.

It's clearly a personal choice, but, as the Australian Government's Organ And Tissue Authority's video makes clear, it's one that can save not one, but many lives, irrespective of whether you think that you're too young, too old or too unwell. As noted, the optimal situation for organ donation happens when death occurs in a hospital, but this is a relatively rare event.

Even if you do pass away outside of a hospital environment, there's tissues that can be donated to save lives, or improve the quality of life for those on transplant waiting lists.

Australia does quite well in terms of organ donation willingness, with a claimed 76 per cent of Aussies willing to donate either organs or tissue upon their death, but there's always room for improvement.

The other critical factor here is discussing your choices when it comes to organ donation, because they will be consulted as to the veracity of your choice at a point where you're no longer present.

Facts and Statistics [Donate Life]


    Link to register here:

    Registering means absolutely nothing. When it comes down to you actually donating, your next of kin will be asked if they wish to consent to your organs being donated. If you were enrolled, they can still say no, if you weren't enrolled they can still say yes.

      It does provide guidance to the bereaved, but yes your point is my number 1 grievance as well.

      It's a ridiculous system. The current advertising focuses on 'registering to be a doner' but Australia has an excellent doner registration rate. Yet we have low donation rates. Why? Because of terrible policies that get in the way like 'next of kin consent'.

      Personally, I'm all for legalising organ sales but that seems to be only favoured by economists.

        I've never seen an optimistic economist, maybe we could start harvesting their organs...

    I think we should change to an opt-out system, rather than an opt-in system.

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