DonateLife Victoria coordinates organ donation in Victoria and Tasmania and works with the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria and Lions Eye Bank to consent organ donor families for potential tissue donation.
The team works with hospitals and hospital-based DonateLife medical specialists and nurses across Victoria to provide professional donation services and encourage best practice to increase donation performance.
DonateLife Victoria also helps raise community awareness and understanding about organ and tissue donation to encourage all Victorian families to discuss donation, know each other’s wishes and register their decision.
DonateLife Victoria team
State Medical Director - Dr Rohit D'Costa FRACP FCICM
Dr Rohit D’Costa is an Intensive Care Specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
He has had involvement in the organ and tissue donation sector since 2011 as a Medical Donation Specialist, and then Medical Consultant to DonateLife Victoria. He was appointed Deputy State Medical Director in 2014 prior to commencing in his current role in 2015.
He has been amongst the group of LEAD trainers for the DonateLife Professional Education Package with involvement in its development and delivery across Australia. He also sits on the Death and Organ Donation Committee at the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS).
Deputy State Medical Director - Dr Sam Radford
Dr Sam Radford BMedSci (Hons), MBBS (Hons), FRACP, FCICM, PGCHPE
Dr Sam Radford is a Staff Specialist Physician Intensivist at Austin Hospital, Melbourne and Warringal Private Hospital.
Sam commenced his training at the University of Tasmania and completed his Physician and Intensive Care training at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne in 2007. He has had the pleasure to work as a Consultant in many Intensive Care teams around Melbourne including, Royal Melbourne, The Northern and Box Hill Hospitals.
He has had involvement in the Organ and Tissue Donation Sector as a Medical Donation Specialist since 2009. In July 2015 he commenced as Deputy State Medical Director at Donate Life Victoria.
Sam’s particular area of interest is multi-disciplinary clinical education, especially regarding the care of deteriorating and critically unwell patients and the use of Simulation. He has completed Post-Graduate Clinical Education qualifications with Monash University. He was the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Education Committee (between 2015-2017).
DonateLife Victoria Staff
DonateLife Victoria consists of:
• Director of Nursing and Operations
• Clinical Manager
• Donation Specialist Nursing Coordinators (DSNCs)
• Education Coordinators
• Communications and Media team
• Donor Family Support Coordinator
• Data and Audit Coordinator
• Administrative staff.
DonateLife Victoria also supports a network of hospital-based DonateLife clinical staff including medical specialists and nurses in 21 hospitals across Victoria. The team is responsible for providing professional donation services, data collection and healthcare professional education, as well as implementing best practices in donation to improve organ and tissue donation performance at a local hospital level.
DonateLife Victoria Volunteer Services
The support of volunteers is integral to increasing awareness of organ and tissue donation in the community. Our volunteer team is made up of donor families, transplant recipients, family members and general community members. We are always looking for new people interested in supporting organ and tissue donation in their local area.
We have volunteers state-wide, including in regional hubs, participating in activities such as community information displays, event support and coordination, community speaking engagements and media opportunities.
Contact DonateLife Victoria
19-21 Argyle Place South
Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: (03) 8317 7400 or
1300 133 050 (toll free)
Fax: (03) 9349 2730
(03) 8317 7401 / 0428 072 782
Community engagement and volunteers contact
(03) 8317 7423 / 0428 073 018
Donor family support coordinator
(03) 8317 7400
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