Organ and Tissue Authority

A new podcast series sharing stories of strength and resilience

Article Date: 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Stories of strength and resilience amid adversity are being showcased in a new podcast series produced by our DonateLife Victoria team.

Let’s Talk Organ and Tissue Donation shines a light on the personal experiences of organ and tissue recipients, donor families, living donors, and expert medical and nursing specialists, to help raise awareness about organ and tissue donation.

The podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts

Hosted by Bendigo’s hit91.9 radio presenter, Michael Billings, the podcast runs very close to his heart, he says, after losing his father while on the waitlist for a donor liver.

“After losing my father before he had an opportunity to receive a liver transplant, I have learnt there are so many facets to organ donation,” said Mr Billings.

“The one thing that never ceases to amaze me is the selflessness of families who choose to think of others amidst their own grief. It’s the greatest act of generosity.”

DonateLife Victoria General Manager, Mr Tony Holland, says each episode is touching and captivating in its own right.

“These are stirring interviews and we are privileged to have these people share their personal stories with us,” Mr Holland said.

“It’s unique to get insight into topics such as rare organ donation transplant cases, what it’s like to receive “the call”, the donation journey, and the life-changing moments for everyone involved,” said Mr Holland.

New episodes are released fortnightly on Tuesdays.

  • Introduction, with Michael Billings 
  • Episode 1, James Sheppard 
  • Episode 2, Bonnie Power 
  • Episode 3, Andrew Martin
  • Episode 4, Brooke Huuskes
  • Episode 5, Michelle Skinner
  • Episode 6, John Lowe
  • Episode 7, Cody Sheehan
  • Episode 8, Tara Duke
  • Episode 9, Fiona Hudson
  • Episode 10, Brendan Cole

Listen to the podcast episodes now on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts