Caboolture Hospital unveils mosaic dedicated to donor patients and families
Caboolture Hospital recently unveiled a DonateLife mosaic dedicated to patients and their families who had so generously donated the gift of life to help others.
The artwork was placed in the courtyard at Caboolture Hospital, an area used by many staff, patients and visitors throughout the day and early evening.
Donation Specialist Nurse Barb Williams was pleased the mosaic was now proudly located at several Metro North facilities – including Caboolture and Redcliffe Hospitals.
“The piece by artist Jane Du Rand captures the compassion that donors and their family have for others, in their gift of life to a transplant recipient,” Barb said.
“She also encapsulated the regeneration that comes in nature with elements drawn from the Queensland bush.”
DonateLife Queensland coordinates all organ and tissue donor activities across Queensland. It works closely with hospitals across Metro North to provide professional donation services and encourage the best practice to increase donation rates.
In early 2020, about 1600 Australians were on the wait list for a life-saving transplant and a further 12,000 people receiving regular dialysis.
“The generous act of organ and tissue donation has a far-reaching effect and changes the lives of both transplant recipients and their families,” Barb said.
“Unfortunately, the number of Queenslanders registering on the Australian Organ Donor Register has remained lower than usual since the corona virus, with the public naturally being focussed on pandemic health messaging and personal life impacts.”
The mosaic unveiling was part of DonateLife Week activities at Caboolture Hopsital.
In coming years, the hospital plans to relocate the mosaic to the new front foyer once a large-scale redevelopment project is complete.