Hospital staff kit up for Jersey Day to support organ donation

Westmead physios don their favourite jerseys.

Western Sydney Local Health District staff today swapped scrubs and business shirts for jerseys as a prompt to the community to think about organ donation as part of Jersey Day.

Jersey Day is inspired by the story of the Gremmo family who tragically lost their son Nathan in 2015. Nathan’s family made the decision to donate his organs and ultimately saved another six young lives.

Jersey Day is now an annual awareness initiative with people all over the country joining in to get people talking about organ donation.  

Mount Druitt Hospital staff sport their jerseys.

Staff from Westmead Hospital’s physiotherapy department turned heads today as they modelled their favourite sporting colours.

“A lot of patients have asked me why I’m in my jersey and not my uniform. I told them about organ donation and the need for it. This day certainly starts a conversation,” physiotherapist Josip Sulentic said.

“I wanted to do it to create awareness because I know it is such an important thing, particularly within our community.”

Last year, 1,782 Australians had their lives transformed by organ donations, while more than 10,500 benefited from eye and tissue donation.

Population Health also got into the colourful spirit of the day.

If you want to help the 1,400 Australians currently waiting for a transplant then join the donor register now: https://donatelife.gov.au/

Western Sydney Local Health District staff members wishing to share their Jersey Day photos are encouraged to email wslhd-thepulse@health.nsw.gov.au