DonateLife Australian Capital Territory

DonateLife ACT coordinates all organ and tissue donor activities across the ACT and region. They work with hospitals and hospital-based DonateLife medical specialists and nurses to provide professional donation services and encourage best practice to ensure that a patient’s wish to donate are realised and acted on accordingly.

The agency aims to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation, encourage discussion about donation, offer compassionate support to donor families and manage effective services in organ and tissue donation.

DonateLife ACT Team

State Medical Director - Prof Frank van Haren

State Medical Director - A/Prof Frank Van Haren

Professor Frank van Haren is the DonateLife ACT State Medical Director. Prof van Haren forms part of a specialist team working closely with local hospitals and clinicians and leads the ACT DonateLife team aiming to increase the rates of organ and tissue donation in the Canberra region.

Professor van Haren is a Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care at the Canberra Hospital and Director of the Intensive Care Research program. He holds honorary academic positions at the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the University of New South Wales. Prof van Haren was born and raised in the Netherlands and completed his dual specialist training as Physician and Intensive Care Specialist at the University of Nijmegen. He was awarded a PhD in Medical Sciences for his intensive care research in 2010. Prof van Haren has published on a wide range of topics, is reviewer for a number of international medical journals and frequently presents at international scientific conferences as invited speaker.

He has joined DonateLife ACT because his career in Intensive Care Medicine has always been devoted to improving peoples' lives. He has more than 20 years of experience with organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

State Agency Manager - Kylie Downes 

Kylie Downes

Kylie Downes is a registered nurse with over twenty five years’ experience within the ACT Health Directorate working in various roles, divisions and health settings. She primarily has a focus in health care management with a background in critical care with Canberra Emergency Departments and Intensive Care Units.

Kylie holds a certificate in Critical Care, Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) and an Advanced Diploma in Management through the Australian Institute of Management.

Kylie has been a passionate advocate for organ and tissue donation in the Canberra region after her first experience with an organ donation in the 1990s. Kylie continues to work in collaboration with the various not for profit organisations and community groups in the Canberra region to help educate the community about DonateLife ACT services, activities and events.

Kylie is passionate about her commitment to meeting the professional development opportunities for DonateLife ACT staff.


Dr Greg Hollis (Deputy State Medical Director) is also a Senior Specialist in the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department and with the aeromedical retrieval service. He holds an honorary academic position at the Australian National University. He has been part of DonateLife ACT since its inception, and is has been an advocate for organ and tissue donation in the Canberra region for many years prior to that.  

DonateLife ACT staff

DonateLife ACT has an additional four medical staff – two based at Canberra Hospital and two based at Calvary Hospital, seven Donation Specialist Nurse Coordinators and Donor Support Officer and an Administrative Officer.

Contact DonateLife ACT

General Enquiries

DonateLife ACT

Canberra Hospital

Building 6, Level 1

Yamba Drive

Garran ACT 2605

Canberra Hospital

PO Box 11 Woden ACT 2606

Phone: (02) 6174 5625

Fax: (02) 6244 2405


To request the on-call Donor Coordinator:

Please call the Canberra Hospital switchboard on (02) 6244 2222 (24 hours a day 7 days a week) and ask to speak with the on call Donor Coordinator.

Media contact

Please call the Canberra Hospital switchboard on (02) 6244 2222 (24 hours a day 7 days a week) and ask to speak with the on call Donor Coordinator, who will direct your call to the appropriate person.


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