DonateLife Queensland

DonateLife QLD coordinates all organ and tissue donor activities across the state. It 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 QLD 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 Queensland

Volunteers are integral to increasing awareness of organ and tissue donation across Queensland.

The volunteer team, called Community Champions, includes:

  • Transplant recipients
  • Family members (recipients and donor families)
  • General community members

Our Community Champions take part in activities and events all over the state, including information displays, community talks and media opportunities.

DonateLife Queensland is always looking for more Community Champions. To find out more, please email donatelife@health.qld.gov.au

Contact DonateLife Queensland

General enquiries

Building 1, Level 4, Princess Alexandra Hospital, 199 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba QLD 4102

Phone: (07) 3176 2350
Fax: (07) 3176 2999
Email: donatelife@health.qld.gov.au

Media contact

Phone: (07) 3176 2960
Belinda Chilton 0438 446 023 or Shelley Waller 0419 498 710
Email: belinda.chilton@health.qld.gov.au or shelley-lee.waller@health.qld.gov.au

Community events, speaker requests and volunteer enquiries

Belinda Chilton
Phone: (07) 3176 2350
Email: donatelife@health.qld.gov.au

DonateLife QLD team

Medical Director – Dr Leo Nunnink
Medical Director – Dr Leo Nunnink

Leo Nunnink has been DonateLife Queensland’s state medical director since 2013. He is a senior staff specialist in intensive care at Princess Alexandra Hospital. He is also a clinical academic with the University of Queensland’s Discipline of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care.

Leo’s work has included developing education programs using simulation and e-learning. He is currently undertaking further specialisation in medical administration.

Agency Manager/Nursing Director – Tina Coco AO
Agency Manager/Nursing Director – Tina Coco AO

Tina Coco has been involved in organ and tissue donation since 1991, establishing the statewide organ and tissue donation agency in 1999. Tina is also a registered nurse and holds a Master of Donation of Organs, Tissues and Cells for Transplantation. She is a certified European Transplant Coordinator.

Tina has represented Australia as the National Key Member for the European Transplant Coordination Organisation. She leads training workshops on donor family care in Europe, Asia and Saudi Arabia.

In 2017, Tina was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Honours List for her support for donor families.

DonateLife QLD staff

DonateLife QLD 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 includes the donor family support coordinator, education coordinators, communications and media staff, and administrative support.