Thought provoking essays from Dr Holly Northam (PhD)'s quarterly DFA News column

Holly's Insight


Connecting Donor Families

May, 2013

The launch of Donor Families Australia provides a wonderful opportunity for Donor Families to improve community acceptance of organ and tissue donation.

Donor Heroes?

December, 2015

I recently returned from the International Organ Donation and Transplantation Procurement Congress in Seoul, South Korea.

Growing Humanity

December, 2014

It is impossible to approach the Christmas period without acknowledging the meaning that many Australians find from their religious beliefs.

Make Your Decision Count

July, 2017

The 2017 Donatelife Week campaign has changed the relationship between the Australian community and Donatelife.

Organ Donation – Conflicting power and interest, like an "Elephant in a China Shop"

Organ donation is a challenge.

July, 2016

Reflection on Best Practices

July, 2015

There has been much comment over the past two months regarding a review into the implementation of the Australian organ donation reform.

Roadmap to the Future

June, 2017

A timely look back from where we started our humble beginnings to where we are aiming to ensure that Donor Families views are heard and are taken into consideration within the Organ and Tissue Donation System

Scientific Progress in Donor Transplantation

Keeping abreast of the science and innovation that enables successful organ transplantation remains a challenge!

June, 2014

Should Families be blamed for low Donation Rates

March, 2015

Recent press releases by the Parliamentary Secretary for Health Fiona Nash (2015) and the Shadow Minister for Health, Catherine King (2015) have effectively blamed the decline in Australia’s 2014 organ donation numbers on the families of deceased people.

Thank You: Donors and their Families

December, 2016

This edition, Holly’s Insight is an extract from her speech presented at the Canberra Thank You Day function.

The Power of the "Ick" Factor in organ donation

Over the last few weeks a number of incidents in the public sphere have highlighted the problem of callous, inaccurate and insensitive representation of organ donation.

September, 2013

Tissue Donation: Precious Gift

October, 2014

The gift of tissue donation provides great hope to people who are unable to see, to patients who suffer life threatening burns, to children with cancer who face amputation and others who can benefit from bone and other transplantation therapies.

World View Ripples

December, 2013

I would like to briefly reflect on the International Organ Donation Congress recently held in Sydney. International conferences are exciting because they allow one to see similar problems through different eyes and provide transparency, debate and new ideas for ‘curly questions’.

Your Views Matter

April, 2016

An important recommendation from the Ernst and Young review of the national reform agenda on organ and tissue donation and transplantation was, the OTA should consider revising the Donatelife logo in light of the concerns expressed by donor families (Recommendation 18, p.52).Lead in Sentance.



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