Donate a minute. Donate a lifetime.

Sunday 23 July to Sunday 30 July is DonateLife Week.  DonateLife Week is a chance to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation and to honour the generosity of donors and their families. 

As part of DonateLife week, we want to introduce you to the Monash Health DonateLife Team. 

What is the DonateLife team’s role at Monash Health? 

Our team is responsible for: 

  • Receiving referrals for patients who are end of life and supporting conversations with their families. 
  • Checking if patients have registered their wishes to be a donor by accessing the Australian Organ Donation Register which is linked with Medicare. 
  • Working in collaboration with the clinical team to share information with families about organ and tissue donation and supporting them and their loved ones through the donation process. 
  • Coordinating the logistics of donation casework from consent through to donation surgery and aftercare of the donor.
  • Following up with donor families and providing them with bereavement resources and support. 
  • Providing education and support to medical, nursing and allied health staff about organ and tissue donation across the Monash Health Campuses (Monash Medical Centre, Monash Children’s Hospital, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital and Victorian Heart Hospital). 
  • Data collection and quality improvement activities. 

Who is on our DonateLife team? 

Here at Monash Health, we have four Donation Specialist Nursing Coordinators (DSNCs):

  • Erin Bryen 
  • Danielle Griffiths 
  • Freya Parrotte 
  • Patty Van Pinxteren 

We also have three Medical Donation Specialists (MDS):

  • Dr Wisam Al Bassam who is an Intensive Care Consultant at Monash Medical Centre and Victorian Heart Hospital 
  • Dr George Lukas who is an Intensive Care Consultant at Dandenong Hospital 
  • Dr Ananth Sundaralingam who is an ED Consultant at Monash Medical Centre and Dandenong Hospitals 

Tell us more about the importance of DonateLife and what it means to the team. 

DonateLife Week is all about raising awareness of the life-changing and often life-saving gift that donation can have on everyday Australians in desperate need of a transplant.  There is currently 1,800 Australians on the waiting list for an organ transplant. 

This week also allows the donation team, donor families and recipients to remember the generous donors and their families who have helped save the lives of many people through the gift of organ and tissue donation. 

We acknowledge and thank all the teams at Monash Health who care for these patients and their families and support the team in honouring individuals’ and families’ wishes to become donors. 

Tell us more about donations at Monash Health in the last 12 months. 

In 2022, 45 families said ‘yes’ to organ and tissue donation at Monash Health.  These donations resulted in 145 people receiving lifesaving organ or life-changing eye and tissue transplants. 

Donate a minute. Donate a lifetime. 

Could you donate 1 minute to give someone a lifetime?  Register now at DonateLife or with 3 easy taps on your Medicare App. 

Don’t forget to tell your family you want to be a donor; someone’s life may depend on it. 

Approved by Associate Professor Anjali Dhulia, Chief Medical Officer

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