New single national donor register

NSW DonateLife welcomes the NSW Government's decision to move to a single national register by phasing out the option to be a donor on a driver's licence.

A single national donation register will make it less confusing and easier for people in NSW to make their donation wishes known to their families.

Applying for a driver's licence is not the best time to make a decision regarding organ and tissue donation.

NSW DonateLife encourages people to access information before discussing their wishes with their family and electing to be an organ donor.

The change in the organ donation registration process will make it easier for family discussion to be held in an appropriate setting.

Dr Mike Lindley Jones, Donation Medical Specialist said: "knowing a loved one's wishes was important and the change in NSW could lead to improved organ donor rates."

"Moving to a single national register for organ and tissue donation will make registration less confusing, provide information and allow a properly informed decision. It prompts family discussion and along with the other reforms will help to improve opportunities for organ and tissue donation in NSW,'' Dr Jones said.

The move to one national register also brings NSW in line with other states.

"The DonateLife website is the best way for people to register because they can access information and find out answers to their questions, and then make an informed decision about organ and tissue donation. They can also access resources to assist in discussing their donation wishes with family members," Dr Jones said.

People can click through from the DonateLife website to the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR) to register their donation decision. The AODR is administered by the Department of Human Services.

The NSW Donatelife will manage a snapshot of the Roads and Maritime Services' (formerly the RTA) database of donation wishes for five years, in case people have not registered on the national register.

The Government's plan recognises that organ donation specialists need enhanced training to enable them to inform and support families, as they make decisions about donation at a time of great grief.

NSW will trial designated requestors who will be specially trained in having these conversations.

"While for many years organ donation has been a priority for NSW, we applaud Minister Skinner for developing this package with its emphasis on addressing registries, community and professional education and demonstrating leadership in this important area,'' Dr Jones said.

"We are confident this plan will set NSW on a course towards improved donation outcomes."  

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