DonateLife Australian Capital Territory

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

The agency aims to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation, encourage discussion about donation, offer compassionate support to donor families and manage effective services in organ and tissue donation.

DonateLife ACT team

State Medical Director - Prof Frank Van Haren

State Medical Director - A/Prof Frank Van HarenProfessor Frank Van Haren is the DonateLife ACT State Medical Director. Prof Van Haren forms part of a specialist team working closely with local hospitals and clinicians and leads the ACT DonateLife team aiming to increase the rates of organ and tissue donation in the Canberra region.

Professor Van Haren is a Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care at the Canberra Hospital, Director of the Intensive Care Research program and Associate Professor at the Medical School of the Australian National University. Prof Van Haren was born and raised in the Netherlands and completed his dual specialist training as Physician and Intensive Care Specialist at the University of Nijmegen. He was awarded a PhD in Medical Sciences for his intensive care research in 2010. Prof Van Haren has published on a wide range of topics, is reviewer for a number of international medical journals and frequently presents at international scientific conferences as invited speaker.

He has joined DonateLife ACT because his career in Intensive Care Medicine has always been devoted to improving peoples' lives. He has more than 15 years of experience with organ and tissue donation and transplantation in the Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia.

State Agency Manager - Kylie Downes 

Kylie DownesKylie Downes is a registered nurse with over twenty years’ experience within the ACT Health Directorate working in various roles, divisions and health settings. She primarily has a focus in health care management with a background in critical care with Canberra Emergency Departments and Intensive Care Units.

Kylie holds a certificate in critical care, a nursing diploma in Applied Science and a nursing Bachelor of Applied Science. She is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Management through the Australian Institute of Management.

Kylie has been a passionate advocate for organ and tissue donation in the Canberra region after her first experience with an organ donation in the 1990s. Kylie is looking forward to working in collaboration with the various not for profit organisations and community groups in the Canberra region to help educate the community about DonateLife ACT services, activities and events.

Kylie is passionate about her commitment to meeting the professional development opportunities for DonateLife ACT staff. Her most recent networking opportunities with other DonateLife jurisdictional colleagues in Darwin will assist Canberra staff to increase the rates of organ and tissue donation in the region.

Dr Greg Hollis (Deputy State Medical Director) is also a Senior Specialist in the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department. Two senior staff specialists at Canberra Hospital – Dr Sam Scanlan (Emergency) and Dr Mark Oliver (Intensive Care) – complement the DonateLife ACT medical team.

DonateLife ACT staff

DonateLife ACT has three DonateLife Specialist Coordinators and an Organ and Tissue Donor Nurse Educator who work with a range of specially trained nurses that bring a range of skills including critical care, paediatrics, renal, management and education. The other staff include Donor Family Support and administrative officers.

Contact DonateLife ACT

General Enquiries


The Canberra Hospital

Building 6, Level 1

Yamba Drive

Garran ACT 2605

The Canberra Hospital

PO Box 11 Woden ACT 2606

Phone: (02) 6174 5625

Fax: (02) 6244 2405


To request the on-call DonateLife specialist co-ordinator:

Please call the Canberra Hospital switchboard on (02) 6244 2222 (24 hours a day 7 days a week) and ask to speak with the on call Organ and Tissue Donor Co-ordinator.

Media contact

Paul McLauchlan

Phone: (02) 6244 3698

Email: Paul McLauchlan - 


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