Multicultural Australia urged to consider organ donation

Published 16th July, 2014 in Family & Community Services, Health

People from multicultural backgrounds are being encouraged to consider organ and tissue donation through films in Chinese, Arabic, and English.

The three films feature transplant recipients Mary Chan, Mohamed Taleb Hawcher and Mohammad Faran sharing their transplant journeys while also encouraging multicultural Australia to learn about organ and tissue donation.

The stories aim to reach out to all communities regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion or language.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner said that around 1,500 people were on Australian organ transplant waiting lists at any one time.

“I urge everyone from all culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to start a conversation with their loved ones about organ and tissue donation,” Mrs Skinner said.

“One donor can transform the lives of 10 people. Donation truly is the gift of life,”

The stories are part of a larger Diversity Project, which is a partnership between Transplant Australia, the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service and the NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service.

Published 16th July, 2014 in Family & Community Services, Health