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Donor Families Australia Inc.
An independent support and advocacy network
On 15 June 2023 the Senate referred the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Amendment (Disclosure of Information) Bill 2023 to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 26 July 2023.
This legislation is being rushed through the parliament in direct response to legal advice received by DFA in July 2021.
DFA brought this advice to the attention of the Commonwealth and OTA.
DFA deeply regret that to date, we have been actively excluded, omitted, or silenced from consultation and engagement by the OTA and Commonwealth regarding this proposed amendment to legislation and other matters pertaining to organ and tissue donation practice.
Since learning of the proposed 2023 amendment that is now under review, DFA sought further legal advice that confirmed that the legislation would provide more power to the OTA and its agencies and continue to silence and threaten bereaved families of donors, and recipients.
This directly impacts DFA and the support that is provided to Australia’s donor families and the positive work of educating, role modelling donation and garnering support for organ and tissue donation in Australia.
Losing someone we love is one of the hardest things we may ever have to live with
Formed in 2013, Donor Families Australia Inc. is a national member-based independent support and advocacy group comprising families who have donated their loved ones’ organs and tissue. It is the only incorporated organisation of its kind in Australia specifically dedicated to Donor Families.
Membership is free and gives donor families a voice:
To speak with and to support each other.
To let those who formulate organ and tissue donation policy know what is important to Donor Families.
To connect the community to a group that knows the experience of donation so they might come to a true understanding of what it is all about.