South Australia has introduced legislation to allow posthumous recognition of deceased Donors.
On a Wednesday 2nd November 2002 a bill was introduced to allow the next of kin of a deceased person to request a tissue donation statement be included on the certificate issued by Births Deaths & Marriages.
A provision is included in the legislation to ensure the provisions of Section 39 of the Transplant and Anatomy Act does not apply and to avoid doubt that a person will not be in breach of that section of the TAA act.
The passing of this legislation will achieve two important advances in organ transplants. South Australian families will be able to commemorate and celebrate their loved one's life and recognise the families decision to consent to the unconditional gift of life to complete strangers.
Ahead of the World Transplant Games, this is a great step forward and South Australia already the country's leading jurisdiction for Next of Kin consent is taking this step to encourage conversations amongst families.
Stay tuned for progress reports on the passage of this legislation.
Well Done SA.
Acknowledgement to The Honorable Nicola Centofanti who introduced the bill.