Wanderers Support Organ Donation

Dean Heffernan and Brendon Santalab visit Westmead Hospital to promote organ donation for DonateLife Week.

As part of DonateLife Week, NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers along with Western Sydney Local Health District is encouraging members of the public to “have the chat that saves lives” and to discuss organ and tissue donation with their family.

Australians are being urged to discover the facts about organ and tissue donation and to register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register. Most importantly, the community is being encouraged to “have the chat” with loved ones to make sure their donation decision is known and can be fulfilled.

In Australia, the family will always be asked to confirm the donation decision of the deceased before donation for transplantation can proceed. Families that have discussed and know each other-s donation decisions are much more likely to support organ and tissue donation proceeding.

Less than one per cent of all hospital deaths occur in the specific circumstances where a person can be considered for organ donation although many more have the potential to become tissue donors. For more information visit www.donatelife.gov.au

Westmead Hospital is a national renal transplant unit. It is one of two units in Australia that provides kidney and pancreatic transplants for patients with renal failure. Patients with renal failure can require dialysis treatment up to 3-4 times a week.

Western Sydney Local Health District would like to thank the Wanderers for their visit and wish them well in the final weeks of the 2013/14 season.