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13    Health— Organ and tissue donation

Senator Bilyk, also on behalf of Senator Urquhart, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 594—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       19 November 2017 was DonateLife Thank You Day, a national day dedicated to honouring all organ and tissue donors and their families,

                                    (ii)       the circumstances in which a person’s organs can be donated after they die in hospital are rare - only 1% of hospital deaths allow for organ donation,

                                  (iii)       up to 1400 Australians are on organ transplant waiting lists at any time, and

                                  (iv)       of the 36% of Australians who feel confident that they know the donation decisions of their loved ones, 93% would uphold these decisions;

               (b)       thanks all organ and tissue donors and their families for helping to transform the lives of thousands of Australians through their donations; and

                (c)       encourages all Australians to register as organ and tissue donors on the Australian Organ Donor Register, and to discuss their donation decisions with their families.

Question put and passed.