DonateLife Victoria

DonateLife Victoria (DLV) coordinates all organ and tissue donation across the state. A team of dedicated medical and nursing specialists work within Victorian hospitals to provide professional services and encourage best practice to increase organ and tissue donation rates.

Staff at DLV also coordinate marketing and communications within the state, provide hospital and community education, and support for Victorian donor families.

Get involved and volunteer with DonateLife Victoria

DonateLife Victoria is always looking for local volunteers. To find out more, download their Volunteer Services pamphlet or contact the Community Engagement Coordinator:

Phoebe Storey
Phone: (03) 8317 7423 or 0428 073 018
Email: PStorey@redcrossblood.org.au

Our volunteers are integral to increasing awareness of organ and tissue donation across Victoria. 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 state, including information displays, community talks and media opportunities.

Contact DonateLife Victoria

Contacting the on-call DonateLife specialist coordinator

Call 1300 DLV VIC (1300 358 842) and ask for the on-call Donation Specialist Coordinator.

Donation specialists are available 24/7 for register checks, medical suitability and planning for a family donation conversation.

General enquiries

Level 2, 19–21 Argyle Place South, Carlton VIC 3053

Phone: (03) 8317 7400 or 1300 133 050 (toll free)
Fax: (03) 9349 2730

Email: donatelife@redcrossblood.org.au

Media contact

Alana Jones
Phone: (03) 8317 7401 or 0428 072 782
Email: AlaJones@redcrossblood.org.au

Community engagement and volunteers contact

Phoebe Storey
Phone: (03) 8317 7423 or 0428 073 018
Email: PStorey@redcrossblood.org.au

Donor family support coordinator

Michelle Skinner
Phone: (03) 8317 7400
Email: MiSkinner@redcrossblood.org.au

DonateLife Victoria Executive Team

General Manager – Tony Holland

Tony joined DLV in August 2019 as the first General Manager. After 12 years in the not-for-profit sector, Tony had long held a desire to work in an environment where his effort was supporting people to thrive. He says that clearly the purpose of the work at DLV ensures this.

“DLV is an amazing place to be and it is a huge privileged to be part of such a caring group of medical and nursing professionals,” he said.

State Medical Director – Dr Rohit D’Costa
State Medical Director – Dr Rohit D’Costa

Dr Rohit D’Costa has worked at DLV since 2011, initially as a Medical Donation Specialist and then from 2014 as Deputy State Medical Director, then as State Medical Director from 2015. He is also an Intensive Care Specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Rohit sits on the Australian & New Zealand Intensive Care Society – Death and Organ Donation Committee, as the Victorian Representative. He’s also on the Clinical Governance Committee – Lions Eye Donation Service, and the Organ and Tissue Authority’s Vigilance and Surveillance Expert Advisory Committee.

Deputy State Medical Director – Dr Sam Radford
Deputy State Medical Director – Dr Sam Radford

Sam has been formally involved with Organ donation since 2009. As a medical donation specialist and Intensivist, he has seen up close the evolution of practice over a decade. In 2015 he took on the role of Deputy State Medical Director at DonateLife Victoria.

Sam has helped develop a data driven, reflective practice model that helps bring clarity and accountability to a diverse range of health services. Sam’s donation related academic interests focus on the team aspects and conduct of organ

Director of Nursing – Leanne McEvoy

Leanne has been in the organ donation sector since the national program began in 2009. She has been Director of Nursing since 2019, after previously holding roles including Nurse Donation Specialist, Education Coordinator, Donation Specialist Nursing Coordinator and Clinical Network Manager.

Leanne sits on the COVID 19-National Transplantation and Donation Rapid Response Taskforce, and the OTA Clinical Governance Committee. At a state level, she’s also on the Victorian and Tasmanian Transplant Committee, Victorian and Tasmanian Renal Transplant Advisory Committee, Victorian and Tasmanian Retrieval Services Committee, and the DLV and Alfred Heart and Lung committees.

Leanne says she is privileged to work with such an incredibly dedicated team, and humbled by donors and their families’ selflessness to help another in need of a lifesaving transplant.

Operations Manager – Ashley Eccles

Ashley has been in the organ donation sector for 15 years, and has held previous roles as Director at the Organ and Tissue Authority, and Senior Program Advisor, Organ, Blood and Tissue Programs at the Victorian Department of Health.

He joined DLV as Operations Manager in 2019.