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Prime Minister of Australia

Media Release

Joint Media Release with the Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health, Jan McLucas New Council on Organ and Tissue Donation Reform

24 February 2009

The Rudd Government has today announced a 15-member Advisory Council to help drive its new national approach to lifting Australia’s organ and tissue donation and transplantation rates.

The Advisory Council will be headed by businessman and double-lung transplant recipient Sam Chisholm.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the membership of the Advisory Council when he launched the ACT Australian Organ Donor Awareness Week today.

The Rudd Government is committed to establishing Australia as a world leader in best practice organ and tissue donation for transplants.

Despite more than 90 per cent of Australians supporting the idea of organ donation, Australia has a longstanding shortage of organs for transplantation, with nearly 1,800 Australians on official transplant waiting lists.

The Advisory Council will support the recently-appointed Chief Executive Officer of the new Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority, Karen Murphy.

Together these organisations will lead a best practice, coordinated national approach to organ and tissue donation for transplant in Australia. The Advisory Council will be comprised of a cross-section of people across Australia involved in the organ and tissue donation sector.

This new body will bring the widest possible perspective to help drive the Government’s much-needed reforms in this area - from the Chair’s own experience as a transplant recipient, to a range of stakeholder and consumer interests, including donor families, people awaiting transplants, health professionals and experts in the field.

The Rudd Government is investing an unprecedented $151.1 million over the next four years to reform organ and tissue donation in Australia and boost the number of life-saving and life-transforming transplants.

These reforms present a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of thousands of Australians. We are committed to achieving a significant and lasting increase in the number of transplants in Australia.

A key element of the reforms is a four-year national community education and awareness program to give Australians regular, clear, factual and relevant information about organ and tissue donation, the benefits of transplantation, and how they can make a difference.

The campaign is encouraging all Australians to discuss their wishes about donation with their family, friends and loved ones.

Members of the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Advisory Council

Name Role Key Expertise

Mr Sam Chisholm Chair Business and executive experience in the media sector, and

double-lung transplant recipient

Dr David Boadle Member Public health administrator, with a particular interest in organ

and tissue donation and transplantation

Ms Anne Cahill Lambert AM Member Consumer advocate for organ and tissue donation and related health issues, and awaiting a lung transplant Dr Anthony Cross Member Emergency physician and intensivist

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Prof Don Chalmers Member Expertise in health law and ethics

Prof Jeremy Chapman OAM Member Renal physician, with expertise in bone marrow and cord blood treatments Prof Geoff Dobb Member Intensivist, with experience in brain death and organ donation

Dr Marisa Herson Member Donor tissue expertise

Prof John Horvath AO Member Public health administrator, awarded an Order of Australia for services to medicine Mr David Koch Member Business and financial expertise

Ms Rachel Martin Member Family of a deceased donor, and works with children with

special needs providing early intervention and family support services

Dr Gerry O’Callaghan Member Intensivist, with experience in brain death and ethical

guidelines for organ and tissue donation

Dr Amanda Rischbieth Member National President of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses

Dr Dianne Stephens OAM Member Intensivist, awarded the Medal of The Order of Australia for her role in the management of critically ill Bali bombing victims Dr Russell Strong AC Member Liver transplant surgeon and experience in a state based

organ donation agency

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