There is one question Monbulk’s young adults are encouraged to think about during DonateLife Week 2012, the national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation.

Would you know what to say if asked “Did they want to be an organ and tissue donor?”

“Although more young people are discussing organ and tissue donation , one in two young people do not know their family members’ donation wishes,” said James Merlino MP.

“Forty per cent of young people are unaware that one day they could be asked to confirm the donation wishes of a family member, should the situation arise.

In Australia the family will always be asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased. Families that have discussed and know each other’s donation wishes are more likely to uphold those wishes.

“Some young adults still find it difficult to bring up the subject of organ and tissue donation with family members. Deciding to have the discussion during DonateLife Week (19-26 February) can help normalise the subject and make it OK to talk about,” said Mr Merlino.

Any day this week is a good day to have the conversation with your family and close friends. It’s a conversation that will help you be prepared, should you ever be asked to confirm a loved one’s donation wishes. It will also help your family be prepared should they ever be asked to confirm your wishes. It’s a conversation that could one day save lives,” said Mr Merlino.

“DonateLife Week is an opportunity for us all to think about whether we have clearly conveyed our decision about becoming an organ and tissue donor to our family and friends, and to consider whether we are confident we know their wishes,” said Mr Merlino.

To engage young adults in discussing organ and tissue donation, an online Youth Supporters Kit is now available at www.donatelife.gov.au.

DonateLife Week is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of the national DonateLife campaign and is held from Sunday 19 to Sunday 26 February 2012.

For more information: www.donatelife.gov.au