Oncologist Dr. Belinda Yeoh and a patient


Donate Strength. Donate Adventure. Donate Love. DonateLife.

Donate Strength. Donate Adventure. Donate Love. DonateLife.

Victoria Police Sergeant Jason Wallace knows how important the decision to be an organ donor is: it's one that saved his life.

Jason was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease in early 2014. Due to his level of fitness, his symptoms were delayed, which meant by the time he was diagnosed alternative treatments were not viable. He was told he would need a liver transplant.

He was incredibly ill as he waited the three months until he received the life-saving call from Austin Health's Liver Transplant Unit that a donor liver was available.

"Everything happened so quickly when the liver became available, and fortunately for us the transplant was a success," he said.

Jason will never forget the decision that a family made during one of the worst moments of their life, to donate their loved ones' organs to save the lives of others. He now thanks his donor family by living his life to the fullest.

"I've been given a second chance. Someone lost their life, yet was able to save mine, and I want to make the most of it."

As soon as he recovered from his transplant, he started making plans to tackle the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. Jason and his wife now have a beautiful daughter, something that never would have been possible without his transplant.

Jason wants more people to consider their organ donation decision so that more lives, just like his, can be saved. He is now heading up a campaign with Victoria Police to encourage more Victorians to register, alongside fellow Victoria Police Sergeant and donor family member, John Lowe.

DonateLife Week, the national campaign to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation, runs from Sunday 29 July - Sunday 5 August 2018. This DonateLife Week, Australians are being urged to give hope to those whose lives depend on an organ transplant by registering their organ donation decision.

The facts about organ donation:
  • Almost 70 per cent of Victorians support organ donation, yet only one in five have registered their decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register.
  • Organ donation is a precious and rare opportunity, with just 1 per cent of deaths in a hospital setting occurring in the very specific circumstances that allow for donation to take place.
  • In 2017, 148 generous Victorian families agreed to donate their loved ones' organs, saving the lives of 389 recipients.
  • Around 1,400 Australians and their families are waiting for the call that a life-saving organ has become available.
  • If you previously recorded a donation decision on your driver's licence, you still need to join the Australian Organ Donor Register. Registering takes less than a minute, and all you need is your Medicare card.
  • To join the Australian Organ Donor Register, or for more information visit donatelife.gov.au