Today, the Board of Outcomes Australia announced the appointment of Dr Maria Paula Gomez, an expert in managing the implementation of world-leading programs, as its CEO.

Established in 2006, Outcomes Australia is an innovative national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to identifying world’s best practice solutions that, with the right implementation, will lead to significant benefits for all Australians.

Major General The Hon. Michael Jeffery, chairman of Outcomes said: “It is fitting then that our CEO is an internationally renowned expert. Dr Maria Paula Gomez was a key member of the leadership team that developed one of the world’s best public health reform programs and she has driven major change programs in many international jurisdictions. Her particular expertise is well suited to implementing the objectives of Outcomes Australia. The Board and I look forward to working with her.”

Originally from Colombia, Dr Gomez has played a key role in both the program development and the international roll out of Spain’s world-leading organ donation and transplantation system.

Mr Marvin Weinman, Founder and Director of Outcomes Australia said: “We’re delighted that someone of Dr Gomez’ calibre is taking on this role. In many countries, Dr Gomez’ contribution has had significant impact and resulted in large increases in the number of life-saving organ transplants being performed,”

“Outcomes was formed to deliver much greater bang for buck to the Australian community. Dr Gomez’ international experience and the practical, measurable way she approaches things will be instrumental to the achievement of this goal.”

Dr Gomez will oversee all Outcomes programs including ShareLife, which addresses the reform of processes to improve Australia’s deceased organ and tissue transplant rates; Soils for Life, which encourages the wide adoption of regenerative landscape management practices and BetterOff, which is focused on reversing the trend of obesity in Australia.

Professor Allan Glanville, Director at Outcomes Australia and President of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation said: “Dr Gomez has extensive high-level project management experience and particular expertise in directing successful in-hospital change programs in many international jurisdictions.”

Dr Amanda Rischbieth, Chairperson of Better Off said: “In order for major change programs to succeed, it is vital that there’s strong leadership and competent management. The core focus of Outcomes Australia is to find solutions to existing problems and ensure they can be successfully implemented. Dr Gomez is well credentialed to advise on such program implementation and has successfully done so in multiple countries. This is particularly relevant as we embark on the Better Off program to reverse the trend of obesity in Australia.”

Dr Gomez said: “I’m excited to take on this role and to work closely with the Outcomes Australia network, as well as the leaders in Australian health, agriculture, environment and community sectors. There is much great work being done, and an opportunity to do more. I welcome the challenge.”

Dr Gomez is the Medical Director at the Donation & Transplantation Institute (DTI) in Spain, DTI is a non-profit organisation which provides training, consultancy and research services on organs, tissues and cells donation and transplantation. In this role Dr Gomez is responsible for managing projects in multiple locations and countries.

Dr Gomez will join Outcomes Australia in January 2014.







The Sydney Museum of Words has announced the location of its first exhibition – premiering on Saturday 16th November for an initial sneak-peak two-week run, in Sydney’s Potts Point.

Curator of the Museum, Charles Firth (“The Chaser”), says the new museum is a “world first”, generously supported by the City of Sydney’s cultural grants program, in conjunction with the Sydney Writers’ Room.

Firth said: “The exhibition will provide locals and tourists a collection of only the best words that Australia – and Sydney – has to offer,”

“We will be showcasing words on loan from some of the great names of our generation, such as Rupert Murdoch, Bob Hawke, Germaine Greer and Julian Assange. As well as lesser people, such as Kyle Sandilands.”

The Museum will feature words mounted and hung around the rooms, in a museum-style format.

“The idea is to encourage people to spend time reflecting on words outside of their every day use. We’re taking words out of their normal context,”

“There is a special sealed-section of words that all Sydney-siders should know. It’s amazing how useful Eora words are when you’re wanting to curse Sydney’s traffic,” said Firth.

The Museum also includes an audio tour, which describes each word’s etymology, and tells the story of its significance to Australia.

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Increasing Organ And Tissue Donor Registration Numbers Does Not Increase Actual Donor Rates.

This post was published by ShareLife Australia on Sunday 03 November.

Today, The Sunday Telegraph has launched a campaign in collaboration with Pride of Australia medal winner, Will Chapman, to address low rates of organ donation in Australia and to shed some light on the facts. It is important to hear the stories of those who are waiting and in need of a transplant. The sad truth is that many die waiting.

Often the public is led to believe that the answer to increasing the number of organ donors is as simple as increasing registration numbers. This is not the case. There is, however, a direct correlation between expertly trained staff working as donor coordinators in hospitals and the positive impact this has on organ donor identification and consent rates.

Over 90% of Australians support organ donation and more than five million are registered donors. We have dedicated experts working across the country and excellent transplant outcomes in Australia.

Australia’s organ donor numbers have improved over the last year and this is good news. Twice as many transplants occur per capita in many other countries. Australia is currently ranked 21st in the world based on number of deceased organ donors per capita. There are no significant or relevant disparities between the number of people who could be potential donors in Australia and the numbers in countries that have much higher rates.

In 2012 there were 15.6 donors per million people in Australia. In the USA there were 26 dpmp and in Spain, the world leader, there were 35.6 dpmp.

The key is to improve identification and consent rates. This is successfully achieved when a nationally coordinated system is in operation and hospitals are given the resources and the world’s best practice system to model changes on.

The community will is there. The federal government funding is there. Since 2009 $40 million has been spent each year. In 2008 there were 846 recipients who received organs from deceased donors. Last year there were 354 deceased donors and 1052 transplant recipients in Australia.

We must ensure that this opportunity to save many more lives is realised. TheSpanish lead the way, many countries are following. We must remain focused on what is possible and continue to strive for world-leading organ donation and transplant numbers.

It’s also important to take this opportunity to recognise and thank Australia’s donors and donor families and also to thank those who may have wanted to donate but have not had the opportunity.