Raising awareness of organ donation through health education and social studies
All students who apply for their drivers licence will be required to indicate whether they are willing to donate their organs in the event of their death.
We want students to have the opportunity to discuss, research, and make up their own minds about this topic. For this reason, Organ Donation New Zealand commissioned Learning Media to produce resources introducing organ donation as a topic for study in New Zealand high schools.
The resources consist of units of work to support students and teachers to meet the demands of the New Zealand Curriculum in a rich, relevant and meaningful context. The resources are designed to give students background information about organ donation - a subject that can touch the lives of anybody at any time.
The units raise the student's awareness of the issue of organ donation and make links to their lives outside of school encouraging them to discuss their thoughts and wishes with friends and whānau. The resource gives guidance on how to approach and discuss sensitive issues with others and provides students with much better understanding to help them make informed decisions about organ donation.
These resources can be found on this website via the following links:
Raising Awareness of Organ Donation - a guide for parents
A Matter of Life and Death - years 9-10
To Donate or Not to Donate - years 9-10
Who's Right? - NCEA Level 1
Organ Donation. An Informed Decision - NCEA Level 3
We have also produced a series of interviews with health professionals involved in organ donation and transplantation. These clips give students an additional insight into organ donation in New Zealand and can be found here.
Additional short video interviews with donor family members, transplant recipients and health professionals can be found on the Organ Donation NZ YouTube channel here.
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