DonateLife Western Australia

DonateLife Western Australia is part of the Department of Health WA (North Metropolitan Area Health Service). It coordinates all organ and tissue donor activities across Western Australia.

The agency works with hospitals and hospital-based DonateLife medical specialists and nurses across Western Australia to provide professional donation services and encourage best practice to increase donation rates.

DonateLife WA 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 WA team

DonateLife WA team

State Medical Director  Dr Bruce Powell

State Medical Director - Dr Bruce PowellDr Bruce Powell was appointed as the State Medical Director for DonateLife Western Australia in November of 2012. Dr Powell graduated from The Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London in 1991 and, after his resident years, joined the Royal Navy as a medical officer, spending five years serving on ships and alongside the Royal Marines.

Dr Powell has had a varied and wide-ranging career including medical training, nephrology, anaesthesia and intensive care. He worked as a senior registrar in ICU in Fremantle Hospital in 2006, and subsequently returned to Australia in 2008, as Director of Intensive Care at Rockingham General Hospital, WA.

Dr Powell has been involved with organ donation throughout his career. His interest developed during his four years as a registrar in nephrology and general medicine at the Sheffield Kidney Institute in Yorkshire. Working in anaesthesia and ICU after that provided further opportunities to care for all aspects of both donors and recipients.  He believes passionately that organ and tissue donation relies upon community engagement and trust, or there can be no donors and no life-saving transplantation.

He is also thoroughly committed to working with Western Australia’s transplant community in creating a sustainable, world-class service for its residents. 

Clinical Nurse Manager WA — Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith is a registered nurse and her qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing, a Postgraduate Diploma in ICU nursing and a Diploma of Counselling.

Raised in the Gascoyne region of WA, Melissa has worked in Adult ICU Management and Education, in WA and in the UK.

She began working at DonateLife as a Donor Coordinator in 2000, also handling various positions such as Education Officer and Acting Manager.

Melissa was appointed Clinical Nurse Manager in May 2013.

She believes we all have the right to make a decision about donation and have it respected.


DonateLife WA Staff

DonateLife Western Australia’s team consists of a State medical director, a clinical nurse manager and serveal donor coordinators.  

DonateLife WA is part of a hospital-based network that includes DonateLife hospital medical directors and clinical nurse specialists across 11 hospitals.

DonateLife WA is supported by a communications officer, donor family support coordinator, an education and administrative coordinator plus an administration officer.

 DonateLife WA 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, participating in activities such as community information displays, event support and coordination, community speaking engagements and media opportunities.To find out more, please contact the Communications Officer, Jenny Duggan on 08 9222 8556 or by email or contact the Education & Administration Coordinator, Diane Kearney on (08) 9222 8560 or email

Contact DonateLife WA

General Enquiries

Street address:

Suite 3, 311 Wellington Street

Perth WA 6000

Postal address:

PO Box 332

Northbridge WA 6865

Phone: (08) 9222 0222

Fax: (08) 9222 0220


To request the on-call Donor Co-ordinator (24 hours a day 7 days a week):

Please call the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital switchboard on (08) 6457 3333 and ask to speak with the on-call Organ and Tissue Donor Co-ordinator.

Media contact/Volunteering/Community Presentations

Jenny Duggan

Phone: (08) 9222 8556

Mobile: 0477 371 675


Education & Administration Coordinator

Diane Kearney

Phone: (08) 9222 8560



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