Gift of Life Awards 2014 Presented by ACT Chief Minister

19-Nov-2014 ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher will today recognise a special group of individuals for their outstanding contributions in raising organ and tissue donation awareness, in a ceremony at the Legislative Assembly in Canberra.

Organised by Gift of Life, a leading community association promoting organ donation awareness in the ACT region and nationally, the awards acknowledge the exceptional role played by people from the community, health and government sectors in promoting organ and tissue donation during the past year.

Gift of Life congratulates this year’s recipients:

The Special Award for National Leadership – Professor John Horvath AO – for his pivotal role in developing Australia’s national program to improve performance in organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

The Ben Wiseman Award for ACT Government Support – ACT Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker – for her role in introducing an innovative streamlined process for eye tissue donation in relation to deaths referred to the Coroner, and for her ongoing consideration of a streamlined process of donation of organs relating to deaths in criminal cases.

The Terry Connolly Award for Health Care Leadership – Professor Imogen Mitchell – for her role, as the inaugural Medical Director of DonateLife ACT, in establishing arrangements and structures at the Canberra Hospital and in educating medical staff, that have greatly facilitated ACT organ and tissue donation.

The Annette Taylor Award for Community Service – David Parker AM – for his role in developing, and advocating to the ACT and federal governments, strategic policy changes in the area of organ donation and transplantation.

The Angus Fairbairn-Cody Award for Support from the Public Service – COMCARE – for the commitment of the organisation and their staff in promoting organ and tissue donation, including through regular involvement in Gift of Life’s annual DonateLife Walk.

The Jenny Deck Award for Support from Schools ¬– Merici College – for their large, enthusiastic and continuing involvement at Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk.

Gift of Life President David O’Leary thanked the recipients of awards for their dedication in various ways in increasing organ donation and transplantation or in raising awareness for organ and tissue donation.