Funding for FNQ initiatives to increase organ donation
Friday, 8 June 2018
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today announced funding of $62,140 for Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media and AFL Cape York to encourage more community members to discuss with their families and register to become organ and tissue donors.
Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media will receive $46, 640 for its ‘Make It Count’ campaign, an initiative designed to raise awareness through radio, digital and social media across 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander radio stations.
AFL Cape York will receive $15,500 for its ‘DonateLife Cape York and Torres Strait Island Youth Awareness Campaign’ designed to raise awareness and demystify organ and tissue donation for indigenous youth.
“This is about saving and changing lives,” Mr Entsch said.
“The funding is an important part of the Federal Government’s Community Awareness Grants Program, administered by the Organ and Tissue Authority.
“I look forward to Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media and AFL Cape York helping to lift the number of registered local organ and tissue donors.
“I encourage all Far North Queenslanders to get involved in DonateLife Week by supporting local events, having your own workplace morning tea or by registering your decision to become a donor online.
“It is important to understand what a difference organ donation can make.”
Federal Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt said the DonateLife website had a number of resources for everyone to download and use, including a supporter kit with information about how to get involved.
“While Australia has more than doubled the number of deceased organ donors, and saved more than 10,000 lives since the national program began in 2009, the national consent rate remains at around 60 per cent,” he said.
“Registering to be a donor directly influences consent rates, with nine in ten families agreeing to donation proceeding when their loved one is a registered donor
“Currently 1,400 Australians are waitlisted to receive a donated organ and more than 11,000 people are on renal dialysis, many of whom would benefit from a kidney transplant.”
DonateLife Week, runs from 29 July to 5 August 2018.