Tweed gets organ donor clinicians
IN an effort to improve organ and tissue donation, The Tweed Hospital now has two specialised clinicians.
DonateLife NSW has appointed three new specialists within the North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS), two being based at The Tweed Hospital.
One hospital-based medicaldirector of organ and tissue donation and two clinical nurse consultants have been allocated to the area, as part of the new State and Federal governments initiative to improve organ and tissue donation.
The three clinicians will work across the whole area, with DrMichael Lindley-Jones and Mary Campbell based at The Tweed Hospital and Ann Judd at Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
NCHAS chief executive Chris Crawford said these appointments are great news for the community.
“This is a very important service to increase the number of life-saving and life-transforming transplants for our people,” Mr Crawford said.
“The DonateLife program is part of a national and state initiative which has been endorsed by Federal Parliament, and NSW Health has established the new NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service (OTDS).”
Dr Lindley-Jones highlighted the importance of DonateLife becoming an accepted part of the Australian way of life.
“Although we know 90 per cent of Australians support organ and tissue donation, only 56 per cent of families currently consent to donation,” Dr Lindley-Jones said.
“We know that families who know their loved one’s wishes are more likely to uphold them, which is why we need to encourage our community members to have a good conversation about their donation wishes with their family and friends.
“So if they’re ever in a position where they’re asked to give consent for a loved one’s organs and tissues to be donated, they can make that decision with confidence.”
For more information and to sign on to the organ donor register call 1800 777 203, go to www.donatelife.gov.au or your driver’slicence details.