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March 201326 Asking the Ask Question Andrea James and Justine Clarke, Clinical Nurse Consultants DonateLife NT Royal Darwin Hospital In 2012, the Northern Territory experienced its highest ever number of organ donors, resulting in twenty-nine Australians receiving a life saving or life transforming gift. It is the generosity of all donors and their families who make a difference in the lives of others waiting and needing a transplant to survive. DonateLife NT, the organ and tissue donation agency in the Northern Territory, has shared the journey with every donor family, witnessing each unique family come to terms with their loved ones death and altruistically consent to donation. Many people are unaware that less than 2% of hospital deaths are suitable for exploration of organ and tissue donation. This is directly related to the possibility of donation only occurring in Intensive Care after brain death has been determined, or the decision to withdraw cardiorespiratory support has been made. A far greater number of people have the opportunity to donate tissue as this is less dependent on circumstances of death. Tissues that can be transplanted include cornea, bone, skin and heart valves. Organ and tissue donation is a sensitive subject and the decision to become a donor is a personal and important one. It is important to discover the facts about donation to ensure your decision is the right one for you. Your family and those close to you need to know your decision because they will be asked to give consent. Males are one target audience identifi ed as a priority group to encourage discussion about donation. Although research indicates a trend increase over the last two years, males discuss donation less often than females, are more likely to be undecided about their donation decision, and are less likely to be aware of the wishes of their family members (Australian Organ and Tissue Authority, Woolcott Research, 2012). The Indigenous population makes up 30% of the Northern Territory (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011). DonateLife NT continues to develop strategies to engage both urban and remote Indigenous groups. Indigenous Education Resources developed by DonateLife NT, incorporated an extensive consultation process with three Indigenous renal recipients and experts in the fi eld of Indigenous health and culture. The personal stories of the three Indigenous recipients contributed to the style, format and story telling content used throughout the resources. The resources consist of health promotion posters, The Brain Story, The Organ Donation Story and a DVD. In fact, the Indigenous recipients involved in the consultation phase are featured on the Resource DVD If you want to give life, sharing their personal transplantation journeys. In 2012, DonateLife NT observed a signifi cant shift in culture amongst the Indigenous community with two families consenting to donation. Comparing two Indigenous donors in the past year, to two in the past ten years is positive reinforcement that DonateLife NTs Indigenous focus and strategy is trending in the right direction. Ensuring family consent for donation is informed and enduring is paramount in all donation cases, yet of particular importance when conversing with Indigenous groups. Utilising the resources and building a strong rapport with the family is a priority for the staff of DonateLife NT, and something they pride themselves on achieving. Ongoing awareness Continued on Page 27 G EN ER A L A R TI C LE S

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