As of recently, I made the decision to sign myself up as an organ donor upon death.
In part, it was not a very large decision for me, one of my parents is already signed as a donor, and I have no religious affiliation stopping me from doing this.
Despite the small impact that this will have on me, what matters is the large impact it will have on someone else.
As a country, we are ranked 17th in the world for donation rates
For one, there are currently 1,700 individuals on the waiting list for organ donations. While I won’t be meeting that need now, in the case of premature death or an accident, I can at least offer someone else a new lease on life.
At the same time, when I die, hopefully after a long healthy life, there will still be people who need my organs, and I’m very happy to give them to someone else upon my death.
I encourage all people to make the decision to register as an organ donor as you have the potential to save up to 10 more lives.
The process to become one isn’t very hard, in fact, there are two simple methods to become one.
The First Method
If you have MyGov established and Medicare services linked, you’ll be able to register in around one minute!
Simply go to my.gov.au and log in, from their chose ‘Medicare’ from your available services. Once you’ve confirmed your details are current, you’ll see a menu on the right labelled ‘Australian Organ Donor Register’. You can click on that to which you will be prompted to input your driver’s license number and choose from registering to donate, or opt-out completely from donating.
You’ll be asked what you’d like to donate and then you’ll be registered properly.
The Second Method
For this method, you’ll need to have a Medicare card available on you.
Go to https://donatelife.gov.au/register-donor-today, and from there you will be prompted to enter your Medicare card number amongst other details to which you can click submit, and you will now be registered.
It’s really important that more people register to be organ donors, Australia, despite having an organ donor approval rating of ~70%, only has ~33% of individuals registered as donors.
As a country, we are ranked 17th in the world for donation rates, with 20.7 deceased organ donors per million people. This is far lower than Spain which is ranked 1st in the world, with 43. 8 per million people.
As a final note, make sure to talk with your family and loved ones so that they know your decision and are able to follow through with it upon your death.