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ABOUT THE DONATELIFE NETWORK

The DonateLife network is a Commonwealth Government funded network set up in each state and territory across Australia to coordinate and maintain organ and tissue services. The Donate Life Network comprises of more than 250 staff, with 150 full time positions across 90 different hospitals over Australia. Medical, nursing and administrative staff work in the public hospital sector, as well as some private hospitals in each state and territory. There are also 8 DonateLife agencies across Australia that work specifically on organ and tissue donation.

Under the leadership of the Organ and Tissue Authority’s national medical director, DonateLife medical directors are responsible for the delivery of the national reform program in their respective states and territories. They manage hospital-based staff who are medical and nursing specialists in organ and tissue donation, and DonateLife agencies who specialise in organ donor coordination, donor family support, education, communication activities, data and audit.

The objectives of the national program are to:

  1. Increase the capability and capacity within the health system to maximise donation rates.
  2. Raise community awareness and stakeholder engagement across Australia to promote organ and tissue donation.

Since the program was introduced in 2009, the number of deceased organ donors has more than doubled, and the number of transplant recipients has increased by 75%.

ABOUT THE ORGAN AND TISSUE AUTHORITY

The Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) works with states and territories, clinicians and the community sector to deliver the Australian Government’s national reform program to improve organ and tissue donation and transplantation outcomes in Australia. Established in 2009, the OTA operates under the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Act 2008. The OTA is an independent statutory agency within the Australian Government Health portfolio.

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