DonateLife New South Wales

DonateLife NSW incorporates the NSW Organ and Tissue Service (NSW OTDS) and a team of dedicated DonateLife specialists located across 20 hospitals in NSW who all work collaboratively to promote and support organ and tissue donation within NSW.

The NSW OTDS is responsible for coordinating organ and tissue donor activities across the state and works closely with the hospital-based DonateLife medical specialists and nurses in NSW to provide professional donation services and encourage best practice to increase donation rates.

The NSW OTDS also provides a Donor Family Support program, an ongoing free of charge counselling and support service with our bereavement counsellor.

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DonateLife NSW Team

General Manager- Danielle Fisher 

Danielle Fisher has over 20 years experience in NSW Health in various roles including management, public policy, planning, project management, research and social work.

Danielle’s background is in social work and she is currently completing an MBA at the University of NSW. She has been involved in a range of strategic health areas, including mental health, drug and alcohol and Aboriginal infant and maternal health.

Danielle started at the NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service in 2012 to manage the implementation of the NSW Government’s Plan to increase organ donation and moved into the role of General Manager in December 2013.

Danielle is motivated to find innovative and high quality solutions to major health challenges and strives to make a difference through her work with organ donation. 

State Medical Director - Dr Elena Cavazzoni 

State Medical Director - Dr Elena CavazzoniElena Cavazzoni is a staff specialist working at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney. She completed her medical degree and PhD at the University of Sheffield, and trained as a paediatrician in London. In 2005 she moved to Brisbane where she began her training in paediatric critical care and in 2010 she became a fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM).

Her interests are in palliative care, organ and tissue donation, transfusion medicine and neurocritical care. She helped create “Paediatric BASIC” a course designed Paediatric ICU registrars and is an instructor and facilitator for Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) and the University of Sydney’s Diploma of Child Health. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughters, ocean swims, cycling and yoga.


State Medical Director - Associate Professor Michael O'Leary MD FRCA FCICM 

State Medical Director - Associate Professor Michael O'Leary MD FRCA FCICM Associate Professor Michael O'Leary is a Senior Staff Specialist in the Intensive Care Service, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and a Clinical Associate Professor at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. He is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS). A/Prof O'Leary has had a longstanding interest in organ donation and transplantation that commenced in the early days of his intensive care training in Cambridge, UK with involvement in the liver transplantation program. He represented St George Hospital, Sydney, on the National Organ Donation Collaborative and was a member of the NSW State Liaison Committee for Organ Donation from 1999-2009.


Clinical Manager NSW - Ms Juliana Celcer

Clinical Manager NSW - Ms Juliana Celcer

In her role as Clinical Manager; Juliana Celcer oversees the NSW network of Donation Specialist Nurses, Coordinators and the Donor Family Support Service. Juliana is part of the Executive team providing leadership and direction to support best clinical practice and improvements in organ donation.

Juliana has extensive experience in Intensive Care, clinical governance and senior health management. Before joining the organ donation sector, Juliana managed Critical Care Services at Sydney South West Area Health Service establishing an emergency nursing and intensive care collaborative across the service and more recently overseeing the development of the service into two Local Health Districts.

Juliana has always held a keen interest in organ donation and transplantation and was an executive sponsor during the National Organ Donation Collaborative.

DonateLife NSW staff

The clinical team in NSW comprises of Donation Specialist Coordinators, as well as an Education Coordinator, Research Officer, Donor Family Support Coordinator, supported by a highly-skilled team of organ and tissue donation specialists including Donation Specialist Nurses and Donation Specialist Medical staff, located in 19 hospitals around NSW.

The corporate structure also includes a Business Manager, Projects Manager, Communications Manager and administrative support staff.

Contact DonateLife NSW

General enquiries

Level 6, 4 Belgrave St Kogarah NSW 2217
PO Box 486 Kogarah NSW 1485

Phone: (02) 8566 1700
Fax: (02) 8566 1755

Media contact

Sarah Barrett
Phone: (02) 8566 1714
Mobile: 0407 419 477


For all other enquiries please email:

Donor Family Support

Alison Barnwell
Phone: (02) 8566 1705

To organise a community talk

Phone: (02) 8566 1714


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