Organ and Tissue Donation

DonateLife ACT is the organ and tissue donation service for the ACT and surrounding region.

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DonateLife ACT is the organ and tissue donation service for the ACT and surrounding region. We are privileged to support organ and tissue donors and their families through their donation journey.

By deciding to become an organ and tissue donor, you can transform people’s lives. Around 1400 people are waiting for an organ transplant at any time.  Organ donation is a rare opportunity—only 1 to 2% of the population can become organ donors. Tissue donation is an end of life opportunity for many more people.

Our main office is located at The Canberra Hospital Campus – Building 6, Level 1. We also have a front office at The Canberra Hospital – Building 3, Level 2 (between 11B and the Credit Union).

For more information about organ and tissue donation please visit the DonateLife website, or if you would like us to come and talk to you, please contact us:

  • 24 hours: Donation Specialist Nurse Coordinator via The Canberra Hospital switchboard – 02 6244 2222
  • Business hours: 02 6174 5625
  • Email: organ.donation@act.gov.au

Organ and tissue donation in the ACT

It’s important to talk to your loved ones about your wishes as we will discuss your donation with them. Donation Specialist Nurse Coordinators access the Australian Organ Donor Register to check your organ and tissue donation wishes.

To become an organ donor, you need to be on a breathing machine in Intensive Care or the Emergency Department.

Tissue donation is possible up to 24 hours after death 

  • We offer eye tissue, bone, heart valve and skin donation.
  • All organ donors receive a quilt, handmade by local quilters, to cover them during their donation journey. This quilt goes home with their family.
  • Organ and tissue donation doesn’t leave disfiguration or delay funeral plans.
Yamba Dr, Garran ACT 2605
Page last updated on: 7 Nov 2018