DonateLife Northern Territory

DonateLife NT coordinates all organ and tissue donor activities across the territory. The agency works with hospitals and hospital-based DonateLife medical and nursing specialists to provide professional donation services and encourage best practice to increase donation rates.

DonateLife NT activities include:

  • raising awareness about organ and tissue donation
  • encouraging discussion about donation
  • educating health professionals about the donation process
  • offering care and support to donor families.

Get involved and volunteer with DonateLife NT

DonateLife NT is always looking for local volunteers. To find out more, contact our local office:

DonateLife NT
Royal Darwin Hospital
Phone: (08) 8922 8349

Our volunteers are integral to increasing awareness of organ and tissue donation across NT. Our volunteer team includes:

  • transplant recipients
  • family members (recipient and donor families)
  • general community members.

Our volunteers take part in activities and events all over the NT, including information displays, community talks and media opportunities.

Contact DonateLife NT

Level 1, Red Wing, (Building 4)
Royal Darwin Hospital, Rocklands Drive, Tiwi NT 0810

PO Box 41326, Casuarina NT 0811

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

Media contact

Brooke Eppelstun
Phone: (08) 8922 8349

DonateLife NT team

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Program Director – Lee Wood

Lee Wood has 30 years of experience working in health-related roles in both the NT and WA in organ donation, alcohol and tobacco policy & education, heart health education and cardiac rehabilitation. Lee joined the NT DonateLife agency in 2004, at the time as the sole donation coordinator, responsible for coordinating donation cases as well as providing family support, organising Services of Remembrance, undertaking professional and community education, coordinating major awareness weeks; conducting media interviews, completing data & audit responsibilities and providing policy advice to government.

Lee was appointed as the DonateLife NT Program Director in 2010 when the national reform program commenced. She is privileged to lead the DonateLife NT team, is responsible for the agency’s strategic delivery of the national program, has advisory roles on national committees and provides policy advice to the NT Government.

In 2011, Lee was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel to the USA to investigate programs for improving organ and tissue donation in culturally diverse populations. She is passionate about community education, equity and ensuring all families have the opportunity to consider organ donation as part of quality end of life care.

Lee has a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement & Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Health and Human Services Leadership

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Medical Director – Dr Paul Goldrick

Graduating from Sydney University in 1990, Paul trained in anaesthesia and intensive care in West London, then at St Vincent’s in Sydney completing FANZCA in 1999. He relocated to FNQ and completed his Fellowship in Intensive Care in 2003 in Cairns and Townsville.

Paul has worked in the NT since 2004 in the Royal Darwin Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, and has been the ICU Director since 2016.

Paul commenced as DonateLife NT’s medical director in late 2023. 

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Clinical Nurse Manager – Leigh Hill

Originally from Bunurong Country in Naarm/Melbourne, Leigh is a registered nurse with Bachelor of Science (Hons. in Biochemistry. and Molecular Biology), Bachelor of Nursing, with Postgraduate Certificates in Neuroscience Nursing and Critical Care, and is currently undertaking a Master’s in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. 

A nurse since 2008, Leigh has lived and worked on Larrakia Country in Garramilla/Darwin since 2015, and been a Donation Coordinator with DonateLife NT since 2018. As co-chair of the First Nations Engagement Group, Leigh is passionate about healthcare equity, particularly equitable access to organ donation and transplantation for First Nations Australians.

DonateLife NT staff

DonateLife NT is comprised of donation specialist medical and nursing staff. The highly skilled team of organ and tissue donation specialists support the family and donation process and provide education to the community and clinicians.

DonateLife Agency staff also include the donor family support coordinator, education coordinators, communications and media staff, and administrative support.