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Calls to register this DonateLife Week


Bundaberg residents are being urged to register as an organ donor, to help the more than 1700 Australians waiting for transplants.

It comes as July 26 - August 2 marks DonateLife Week 2020.

Bundaberg Hospital organ donation specialist nurse co-ordinator Karen Jenner said people should have a chat about organ donation with loved ones.

"It's your family that's going to give the final consent," Mrs Jenner said.

"When people have registered, 9 out of 10 families then go ahead. That drops down to about 5 or 6 if people aren't sure of their loved ones wishes."

Mrs Jenner said one donor can save up to 10 lives and it only takes a minute to register.

"Click 'join the register', add your medicare card, it literally takes 60 seconds," Ms Jenner said.

You can register to be an organ donor by visiting

Image: Karen Jenner with Kidney recipient Lee Brown. Courtesy of Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.