Innovative Digital Projects Boost Organ Donation Awareness for Young Australians

Department of Health

Six recipients will share over $368,000 in Community Awareness Grants to boost awareness about organ and tissue donation and help highlight how easy it is for young Australians to register to become a donor.

Despite research showing their support, 16-25-year-olds have the lowest organ and tissue donor registration rates across the nation with only 10% of the 3.2 million eligible young adults currently registered.

The grants will deliver youth-focused social media campaigns and content, research projects, an annual awareness event, and the creation of digital educational resources specifically focused on young Australians.

One organ donor can save up to seven lives and with around 1,800 people on the organ transplant waitlist, more can be done to raise awareness about the importance of registering as an organ and tissue donor and telling your family you want to be a donor.

In a hospital, 8 in 10 families say yes, if asked whether their family member had registered or wanted to be a donor. However, only 4 out of 10 families say yes when they are uncertain about whether their family member wanted to be a donor.

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