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A conversation can change a life – talking about organ and tissue donation

We're sharing what we've learned from community conversations about organ and tissue donation, and inviting you to ask questions.

One organ and tissue donor can save the lives of up to 10 people.

But for many people, having the conversation about organ donation can be difficult. It might be a hard subject to discuss with family, or it might feel like the time is never right to talk about it.

Thanks to a 2021 Community Awareness Grant from the Organ and Tissue Authority, Health Consumers’ Council has held several community conversations with Aboriginal people (including young people) and people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds (including young people) to hear their perspectives about organ donation.

We asked what they know about organ donation, what they’d like to know, and what sorts of conversations they’ve had with family and friends about organ donation, while addressing some common myths. In this Q&A session we will share some of the learnings from these conversations and put some of the common questions from these sessions to our panellists.

We’ll hear from DonateLife WA’s Medical Director Dr Simon Towler, as well as from two consumers whose lives have been touched by organ donation.

This will be an interactive Q&A session – you are welcome to ask questions when you register, or during the event.

Monday 1 November
Online via Zoom
Please register at

Community conversations on organ and tissue donation

We've had a busy but incredibly valuable and insightful week speaking to community about organ and tissue donation. We’ve heard some really interesting perspectives and insights, answered lots of questions and come away with some great suggestions on how communities would like to learn more about this topic.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along and shared their thoughts so generously with us!

In Monday's online event we'll be hearing from two consumers with lived experience - Rowena, the mother of an organ donor, and Caz, an organ recipient. 

Rowena joined us from Kununurra to share her story at our community conversations, and generously answered questions that came up during the sessions. 

Rowena's story is powerful and incredibly moving, but it also gives permission to talk about a sensitive topic in a real and uplifting way. You may wish to have a look at this video before Monday's online event: 
Click to register for Monday's conversation
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