Touch and go: Register as organ donor by touchscreen at Como pharmacy

Pharmacist Paul Tonz and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt, AFL player Amy Lavell, Joy Lyle, Brett Driessen, Michelle Clark, Carmen Wong and Dani Macauley.
Pharmacist Paul Tonz and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt, AFL player Amy Lavell, Joy Lyle, Brett Driessen, Michelle Clark, Carmen Wong and Dani Macauley.

COMO Amcal Pharmacy has introduced a touchscreen that people can use to register as organ donors.

The touchscreen is the first of its kind and was launched by Federal Aged Care and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt on July 13 alongside people who have benefited from organ donation or had family who had donated organs.

It is hoped that the technology will make it more convenient and quicker for people to sign up as donors.

Pharmacy partner and proprietor Paul Tonz said the introduction of the touchscreen came as he wanted to improve organ donation numbers.

“I’m hoping to raise awareness of organ donation and we had the touchscreen from a previous health campaign so I’m hoping to get the word out there,” he said.

“If we can have a good number of people signing up then it’s something that could spread through WA and Australia.

“Initially we will have it up for one month through Donate Life Week but we could have it longer.

The launch of the touchscreen comes as the Federal Government unveiled a new online donor registration process.

As part of the campaign, AFL and AFLW will contribute by getting messages about organ donation out to the community.

Mr Wyatt said the importance of the change was that it simplified the way people could register to become organ donors.

“You can download directly onto your iPhone and put your Medicare number in, your details, register to become an organ donor and it’s as simple as that, he said.

“In the past it what was much more challenging but I think we will see more Australians think about becoming an organ donor.

“Having the partnership means we have 18 football clubs, including AFLW, who will be promoting and generating discussion about being a donor.”

Visit www.donatelife.gov.au to see the new online registration form.