Gift of Life Institute Helps Australians Increase Organ Donation Rates
Australia’s donation leaders determined that to increase organ donation outcomes, health professionals conducting Family Donation Conversations (FDCs) required support and specialized training. Gift of Life Institute was engaged by the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority to create and implement a customized training program to influence change in FDC practice and culture.
To gain support and determine program suitability, two 1-day pilot trainings were provided to 45 donation leaders in 2011. Training was further customized with emphasis on creating changes to achieve and sustain desired results. A comprehensive national training plan was implemented over 18 months. Twenty-six 2-day FDC training workshops were held in eight cities (646 participants). Program evaluations and debriefings showed distinct shifts in perspectives and enthusiasm to implement new processes. In 2012-2013, an instructor program was developed to transition training facilitation.
As a result, a 22% increase in organ donors was achieved in the two years since the FDC training has been delivered (2011-2013).
Gift of Life Institute presented the results (at that time) of our collaboration with the Organ & Tissue Donation Authority at the 2013 Organ Donation Congress, November 2013, Sydney, Australia.