Tuesday December 11, 2012
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP met with liver transplantee Kyla Devine and her mum Katelan in their Glenmore Park home last week to promote the new Australian Organ Donor Register, which replaced the Driver's licence scheme earlier this year.
Those who choose to be an organ donor can now visit www.donorregister.gov.au or www.medicare.gov.au, call 1800 777 203 or visit a Medicare Australia office to register their wishes.
Mrs Devine said that any change that encourages more people to become organ donors is a change that can save lives.
"Kyla was born with her liver condition, Biliary Atresia - she was diagnosed at just 4 days old. Other procedures were tried, but by the time she was 4 months old it was clear that she would need a new liver to survive."
"Kyla had to have a liver from a person under 60kgs, due to the tiny size of her body- this meant that no one in the family could be a match. However, after being placed on the transplant waiting list, a match became available from an organ donor- without the donor; Kyla would not be here today" Mrs Devine said.
Mrs Davies said the move is one of a number of initiatives in the NSW Government organ donation plan designed to lift organ transplant rates in this state.
“Moving to a single national organ donor register is a key strategy of the NSW Government’s plan to increase organ donation in NSW,” Mrs Davies said.
“Using the national register will bring NSW into line with other states of Australia and make it easier for people in NSW to make their wishes about donation known.
“The process of obtaining a driver’s licence is not the best time to discuss wishes about organ donation. It doesn’t allow people the time to have a discussion with family and friends or take the time to make an informed decision.
“We’re moving to a national register – the Australian Organ Donation Register, which provides information on how to make an informed decision and prompts people to have a discussion with family and friends about organ and tissue donation and ensure that they know their intentions.
“It’s these changes that we hope will encourage an increase in organ donation rates in this state for the benefit of future patients and their families.” Mrs Davies said.