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DonateLife Tasmania

DonateLife TAS coordinates all organ and tissue donor activities across the state. It works with hospitals and hospital-based DonateLife medical and nursing specialists to provide professional donation services and encourage best practice to increase donation rates.

DonateLife TAS activities include:

  • raising awareness about organ and tissue donation
  • encouraging discussion about donation
  • educating health professionals about the donation process
  • offering care and support to donor families.

Get involved to support DonateLife TAS

DonateLife TAS is always looking for supporters in the community. To find out more, contact our Communications Coordinator:

Davin Hibberd
Phone: (03) 6270 2209 or 0408 296 302
Email: davin.hibberd@ths.tas.gov.au

Community supporters are integral to increasing awareness of organ and tissue donation across Tasmania. Community supporters can include:

  • transplant recipients and their families
  • donor families
  • general community members.

Contact DonateLife TAS

Hobart Corporate Centre, Level 3, 85 Macquarie Street, Hobart TAS 7000

GPO Box 1236, Hobart TAS 7001

Phone: (03) 6270 2209
Fax: (03) 6270 2223
Email: donatelife.tasmania@ths.tas.gov.au

Media and community engagement contact

Davin Hibberd
Phone: (03) 6270 2209 or 0408 296 302
Email: davin.hibberd@ths.tas.gov.au

DonateLife TAS team

Medical Director – A/Prof. Andrew Turner
Medical Director – Andrew Turner

Associate Professor Andrew Turner has been the Director of the Critical Care Medicine Department at Royal Hobart Hospital since 2007. He was honorary treasurer of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) for 8 years, and has been honorary secretary since 2010. He is also a clinical lecturer at the University of Tasmania.

Andrew’s role sees him advocating for the health of Australians waiting for organ transplantation. He actively fosters a culture that supports organ donation and the families of organ donors.

State Manager – Susan Towns

Susan Towns joined the DonateLife TAS leadership team as State Manager in late 2012. Susan began her nursing career in 1993 and has developed clinical and management experience across a variety of healthcare settings in acute care, women’s health and gynaecology, wound care, paediatrics and IVF. Since 2012 Susan has coordinated the successful implementation of an independent service delivery model for DonateLife TAS, which has resulted in significant growth for the statewide service.

Clinical Nursing Manager – Alex Goward

Alex Goward was appointed as Clinical Nursing Manager with DonateLife TAS in early 2019. As an integral member of the team, Alex provides nursing leadership for donation casework and clinical services. Alex’s nursing career began in 1993, and has included nursing positions both interstate and internationally in Saudi Arabia. Alex has a strong focus on quality and patient safety, and the delivery of high quality patient and family care.

DonateLife TAS staff

The DonateLife TAS staff is comprised of donation specialist medical and nursing staff. The highly skilled team of organ and tissue donation specialists support the family and donation process and provide education to the community and clinicians.

DonateLife Agency staff also includes the donor family support coordinator, education coordinators, communications and media staff and administrative support.