Thought provoking essays from
Dr Holly Northam's quarterly DFA News column
Organ Donation – Conflicting power and interest, like an "elephant in a china shop"
Organ donation is a challenge.
Against a backdrop of empirical evidence, we see a push by a privileged and powerful lobby group to increase the availability of organ transplants through policy that incapacitates and disempowers individuals and families.
Exactly the opposite effect to what the evidence says is the most powerful leverage point in changing attitudes.
The opening ceremony of the International Organ Donation and Transplantation Procurement Congress in Seoul, Korea, carried a tribute to those who make transplantation happenorgan and tissue donor heroes.
This caught my attention because despite widespread public use of the term in relation to organ donation, the idea of donors and donor families as heroes is contentious in philosophical and regulatory circles.
Should families be blamed for low donation rates?
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.