DonateLife Northern Territory

DonateLife Northern Territory (NT) coordinates all organ and tissue donation activity across the Northern Territory. DonateLife NT works together with hospital staff to provide and encourage best practice to increase donation rates in the Northern Territory. 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 NT team

State Medical Director - Dr Sarah Jones 

Dr Sarah Jones graduated from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom in 2000 and went on to undertake specialist training in the East Midlands in intensive care medicine, nephrology and general medicine, completing her training in 2011. She moved to Australia in 2011, working initially at the Royal Melbourne and Royals Women’s Hospitals and obtained Fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine in 2013. Dr Jones was the Senior Registrar in intensive care at the Royal Darwin Hospital for 6 months in 2013 and returned to commence an ICU Specialist post in May 2015 after completing 15 months of research with Professor Rinaldo Bellomo at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne.  Her interests in intensive care include acute kidney Injury, renal replacement therapy, echocardiography and fluid removal in critically ill patients.

Through her work in intensive care and nephrology, Dr Jones has a longstanding interest in organ donation and transplantation. She has cared for many patients who have had a renal transplant and so has seen the very positive benefits of organ transplantation.

Dr Jones was appointed to the role of Acting State Medical Director for organ and tissue donation in the Northern Territory from December 2015. She is particularly interested in working with the DonateLife NT team to improve awareness and education about donation and transplantation locally, and particularly amongst the indigenous communities.

Agency Manager - Lee Wood

Agency Manager - Lee WoodLee Wood is the State Manager for DonateLife in the Northern Territory.​

After completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia in 1994 with a double major in Exercise Science and Psychology, Lee Wood worked in a variety of roles in both the Northern Territory and West Australian Departments of Health, including overseeing the WA Quit Campaign.

Lee joined the NT organ donation agency in 2004, becoming DonateLife NT’s Program and Policy Director in July 2009. During this time she has established herself as a highly regarded member of the national organ donation community through her advisory roles on many Commonwealth and national committees for the OTA and the Australasian Transplant Coordinators Association (ATCA).

In 2011 Lee was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to continue her research in strategies to improve organ and tissue donation in culturally diverse populations, including the NT Indigenous population.

DonateLife NT Staff

DonateLife NT staff photo

The DonateLife NT team includes seven DonateLife Specialist Nurses who are responsible for facilitating the donation process, providing education to a variety of audiences, together with implementing new programs and best practice in donation to help increase organ and tissue donation performance in the Northern Territory.

DonateLife NT Specialist Nurses are based at Royal Darwin and Alice Springs Hospitals.

Contact DonateLife NT

General enquiries

First Floor
Royal Darwin Hospital
Rocklands Drive
Tiwi NT 0810

PO Box 41326
Casuarina NT 0811

Phone: (08) 8922 8349
Fax: (08) 8944 8096


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