HIGH school students are the latest focus in the quest to lift Australia’s low organ donation rates.
Health Minister John Day recently launched the inaugural WA Writing for Life competition for secondary students in support of DonateLife.
“This is an opportunity for WA teenagers to explore a sensitive subject that has life-saving consequences,” he said.
Students are asked to express in 300 words the position of someone touched by organ and tissue donation.
“With Australia’s organ donor rate slipping to 22 in the world ranking, caring young people have a crucial role to play in increasing future donations and saving lives,” he said.
Education Minister Peter Collier said all WA secondary schools were sent details of the competition, with online kits available through the Writing for Life WA website.
“With 42 donors in WA last year and up to 1700 on the waiting list across Australia, we need everyone to understand how important this is,” he said.
The competition is open until August 29.