To: Minister for Health, Sussan Ley

Zaidee's organs and tissues saved lives – introduce an opt-out donor register

Zaidee's organs and tissues saved lives – introduce an opt-out donor register

Dear Minister Sussan Ley,

Australia needs more Zaidees. We need an opt-out organ and tissue donor registration system.

My name is Allan and 10 years ago my family tragically lost our 7 year old daughter, Zaidee, to a cerebral aneurism.

Zaidee was the only child in Victoria under the age of 16 years and one of the youngest Australians to donate her organs and tissues. She was only 1 of 6 children nationally to have donated their organs that year.

As a family we had been registered as organ and tissue donors for 5 years. This decision, and Zaidee's wish to be a donor, meant that the lives of 7 people (6 children and 1 adult) were improved and in some cases saved by Zaidee's gift.

In 2004, the year we lost Zaidee, 130,000 Australians died, of which only 218 were organ donors. Zaidee’s gift of her organs allowed others to have another birthday. If people do not register as organ donors, 1 in 5 people on the transplant waiting list will never get the chance to have another birthday.

Currently Australians must opt-in to become a registered organ donor. This means that many people who intend to be donors either do not register before their death, or are unaware of the process. An opt-out system would increase the number of organ and tissue donations each year, reduce the number of people waiting for a transplant, and inspire every Australian to have a honest discussion about their wishes to be, or not be, a donor.

An opt-out system would save lives.

Why is this important?

On any given day, there are at least 1,550 Australians waiting for a transplant, many of whom are children. Of the 150,000 Australians who die each year, less than 400 will donate solid organs, leaving at least 1,100 people still waiting for an organ transplant.

It is estimated that just under 1% of people that die in hospitals can potentially be an organ donor – that's approximately 75,000 potential organ and tissue donors per year.

Spain, the country with the world's highest rate of organ donation, has an opt-out system in place.

An opt-out system would not mean that all hospital deaths were automatically considered an organ or tissue donor. What it does mean is that everyone is considered a possible donor unless they, or their immediate family, remove them from the register.

An opt-out system is just one step towards saving lives, but it's an important one. Let's make this change now – for the 1,550 people waiting for a lifesaving organ donation, there's no time to waste.

How it will be delivered

Our organisation, Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation, will deliver a copy of all signatures to the Health Minister, who has the power to implement this change.


Reasons for signing

  • I'm doing an oral presentation on introducing an opt-out system and after researching and composing my speech I have become really passionate about the issue and hope to see a change for the better.
  • Organs are no use to anyone who has died - but thousand of lives can be saved by them, it's a no-brainer
  • The current system is not saving lives, an opt out system will see more people registered and more lives saved.

Updates

2015-09-29 17:47:22 +1000

Over 3,000 signed up already, but still a long way to go. How many I need to make a difference I don't have a clue, but what ever it takes to get discussion happening around this subject is what I am good at.

2015-09-29 17:46:08 +1000

A great interview with Ch9 Today Show and Lisa.

http://www.9jumpin.com.au/show/today/today-takeaway/2015/september/allan-turner-donate-blood/

2015-07-15 09:06:12 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-07-04 01:49:00 +1000

500 signatures reached

2015-06-19 07:31:33 +1000

100 signatures reached

2015-06-18 21:22:37 +1000

50 signatures reached

2015-06-18 16:20:05 +1000

25 signatures reached

2015-06-18 15:23:24 +1000

Recent interview with ABC TV on the 10th anniversary of Zaidee donating.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-02/zaidees-legacy-inspiring-families-to-discuss-organ/5933030

2015-06-18 14:21:17 +1000

10 signatures reached