The Queensland Organ and Tissue Donation Service comprises: DonateLife Queensland; and the Queensland Tissue Banking program which includes the Queensland Heart Valve Bank, the Queensland Eye Bank and the Queensland Bone and Skin Bank.
DonateLife Queensland coordinates organ donation across the state while the Queensland Tissue Banking program facilitates donation and production of tissue for use in transplantation.
DonateLife QLD team
State Medical Director – Dr Leo Nunnink
Dr Nunnink was appointed State Medical Director for Queensland on 28 January 2013. He is Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care at Princess Alexandra Hospital and a clinical academic with the University of Queensland Discipline of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care. In the latter role, he developed education programs using simulation and e-learning. Dr Nunnink is currently undertaking further specialisation in medical administration.
State Agency Manager/Nursing Director – Tina Coco AO
Ms Tina Coco has been involved in organ and tissue donation since 1991, originally as a donor coordinator and then as State Manager establishing the state-wide organ and tissue donation agency in 1999. She remains clinically active in donation as well as lecturing professionally both nationally and internationally.
Her lifetime of compassionate support for donor families was recognised in 2017 when she was among a handful of Queenslanders awarded the prestigious Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Honours List.
Tina’s oversight of DonateLife Queensland has helped the service grow from its infancy in 1991 to an extensive network of specialist health professionals who are trained to care for donor families at one of their most vulnerable times of their lives. Over this period, Ms Coco championed changes to clinical practice and community education efforts which have significantly improved the number of Queenslanders choosing organ and tissue donation. Tina is a Registered Nurse and has completed her Diploma of Applied Sciences in Nursing Management (QUT) and a Graduate Certificate in Health Management (QUT). She also holds a Diploma of Advanced Transplant Coordination as well as a Master’s Degree in Donation of Organs, Tissues and Cells for Transplantation from the University of Barcelona. She has also achieved Certification as a European Transplant Coordinator.
Internationally, Tina holds a teaching positon with the University of Barcelona for the International TPM (Transplant Procurement Management) Course in Advanced Training for Transplant Coordinators. She has represented Australia as the National Key Member for ETCO (European Transplant Coordination Organisation). Tina has published on organ and tissue donation and has presented at countless international conferences. She leads training workshops on communication and donor family care in Europe, Asia and Saudi Arabia. In Australia, Tina is a LEAD trainer for the Professional Education Package facilitated by the Organ and Tissue Authority.
DonateLife QLD Staff
DonateLife Queensland is led by a State Medical Director, and consists of a State Manager, six DonateLife Specialist Coordinators and an office manager. DonateLife Queensland is part of a hospital-based network that includes five DonateLife Specialist Medical Directors and 10 clinical nurse consultants across 16 hospitals.
DonateLife Queensland is supported by a Communications Advisor, Policy Advisor, Quality Advisor and Project Officers.
Contact DonateLife Queensland
Building 1, Level 4
Princess Alexandra Hospital
199 Ipswich Road
Woolloongabba QLD 4102
Phone: (07) 3176 2350
Fax: (07) 3176 2999
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