About Organ Donation NZ
We provide education and support for health professionals throughout New Zealand.
Our primary responsibility is to co-ordinate the donation of organs and tissues from deceased donors in New Zealand. The donor co-ordinators provide information and ongoing support for those families who have generously donated organs or tissues.
For free brochure supplies for your practice, please feel free to contact Organ Donation New Zealand.
Did you know . . .
- Organ donation – heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas – can only happen when a person is on a ventilator in an intensive care unit and has fatal brain damage. Fewer than 1% of all deaths happen this way.
- Tissue donation – eyes, heart valves and skin – is often possible regardless of where the person has died and can take place a number of hours after death.
- People of all ages, including the elderly, can be considered for donation. Age and medical history will determine which organs and tissues can be donated. For example, many people with cancer can donate eyes even though they cannot donate organs and other tissue.
- Many people tick yes to becoming a donor on their driver’s licence form. This is an indication of what you want. Your family will also be asked for their agreement and this is why it is important to have a conversation with your family about your wishes.
- One donor can save or dramatically improve the lives of up to 10 people.
- A donor co-ordinator from Organ Donation New Zealand is available 24 hours a day to discuss the option of donation with your patient or their family and to answer any questions.
For further information, please visit http://www.donor.co.nz