As part of the national reform agenda for the organ and tissue donation and transplantation sector, all state and territory health ministers agreed to the establishment of a national network of organ and tissue donation agencies and to the employment of specialist hospital medical directors and senior nurses of organ and tissue donation.
Additionally, all jurisdictions agreed to employing state or territory medical directors charged with the responsibility of managing these staff in each jurisdiction with a goal of increasing organ and tissue donation for transplantation across Australia.
The responsibility for leading this group of dedicated health professionals rests with the National Medical Director who supports this team through a Community of Practice (CoP) Program. This community of health professionals, along with the staff of the Authority are the DonateLife Network, working together to improve access to life-saving transplantations for all Australians. The DonateLife Network will share information, build on existing knowledge, develop expertise and solve problems in a collaborative and supported manner.
There will be an annual scientific meeting for all members of the DonateLife Network to provide an opportunity for the entire team to meet and share their learning and ideas.
The DonateLife Network will share information online through the donatelife web portal. The DonateLife web portal (password protected) will be the key communication tool for the DonateLife Network. The web portal offers access to the latest national and international news and research related to organ and tissue donation and also provides an online meeting point for the sharing of local tools and resources. It is also the means by which medical directors and nurses will enter hospital based, de-identified organ donation activity related data.
This document functions as a general guide to the role and responsibilities of positions within the DonateLife Network and is provided to inform the development of position descriptions within each jurisdiction. The key performance outcomes and measures articulate the expected areas of focus and outcomes for each position.
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