DonateLife Western Australia

DonateLife Western Australia is part of the Department of Health WA (North Metropolitan Area Health Service). It coordinates all organ and tissue donor activities across Western Australia.

The agency works with hospitals and hospital-based DonateLife medical specialists and nurses across Western Australia to provide professional donation services and encourage best practice to increase donation rates.

DonateLife WA 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 WA team

DonateLife WA team

State Medical Director  Dr Bruce Powell

State Medical Director - Dr Bruce PowellDr Bruce Powell was appointed as the State Medical Director for DonateLife Western Australia in November of 2012. Dr Powell graduated from The Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London in 1991 and, after his resident years, joined the Royal Navy as a medical officer, spending five years serving on ships and alongside the Royal Marines.

Dr Powell has had a varied and wide-ranging career including medical training, nephrology, anaesthesia and intensive care. He worked as a senior registrar in ICU in Fremantle Hospital in 2006, and subsequently returned to Australia in 2008, as Director of Intensive Care at Rockingham General Hospital, WA.

Dr Powell has been involved with organ donation throughout his career. His interest developed during his four years as a registrar in nephrology and general medicine at the Sheffield Kidney Institute in Yorkshire. Working in anaesthesia and ICU after that provided further opportunities to care for all aspects of both donors and recipients.  He believes passionately that organ and tissue donation relies upon community engagement and trust, or there can be no donors and no life-saving transplantation.

He is also thoroughly committed to working with Western Australia’s transplant community in creating a sustainable, world-class service for its residents. 

Clinical Nurse Manager WA — Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith is a registered nurse and her qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing, a Postgraduate Diploma in ICU nursing and a Diploma of Counselling.

Raised in the Gascoyne region of WA, Melissa has worked in Adult ICU Management and Education, in WA and in the UK.

She began working at DonateLife as a Donor Coordinator in 2000, also handling various positions such as Education Officer and Acting Manager.

Melissa was appointed Clinical Nurse Manager in May 2013.

She believes we all have the right to make a decision about donation and have it respected.


DonateLife WA Staff

DonateLife Western Australia’s team consists of a State medical director, a clinical nurse manager and seven donor coordinators.  

DonateLife WA is part of a hospital-based network that includes seven DonateLife hospital medical directors and five clinical nurse consultants across 10 hospitals.

DonateLife WA is supported by a communications officer, donor family support coordinator, an education and administrative coordinator plus administration staff.

DonateLife WA is part of the Department of Health WA.


Contact DonateLife WA

General Enquiries

Street address:
Suite 3, 311 Wellington Street
Perth WA 6000

Postal address:
PO Box 332
Northbridge WA 6865

Phone: (08) 9222 0222
Fax: (08) 9222 0220

To request the on-call Donor Co-ordinator:

Please call the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital switchboard on (08) 6457 3333 (24 hours a day 7 days a week) and ask to speak with the on-call Organ and Tissue Donor Co-ordinator.

Media contact/Volunteering/Community Presentations

Jenny Duggan
Phone: (08) 9222 8556
Mobile: 0477 371 675

After hours:

To request the on call donor coordinator contact (08) 6457 3333


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