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Donor Family Care

172.1 - Donor Family Care

Presenter: Tina, Coco, Brisbane, Australia
Authors: Tina Coco


Death, grief and the donation process are anything but organised and predictable. Family care does not start when the possibility of donation is apparent. It starts upon admission to the ICU.

This session will identify the needs of families – understanding grief and the risk factors that may complicate their grief and decision-making capabilities and ways to effectively plan and support the family in order to effectively deliver the request for donation to achieve a positive outcome for all involved.


Tina Coco has been involved in organ and tissue donation since 1990, originally as an organ donor coordinator and then as clinical State Manager, establishing the Queensland organ and tissue donation agency in 1999. Tina has also been a Faculty lecturer for the University of Barcelona since 2006, specialising in Family Approach, teaching on the International Advanced Transplant Procurement Management (TPM) course in Barcelona and other countries. Tina has provided training workshops internationally on communication and family care.

In Australia, through the Organ and Tissue Authority, she is also one of the national LEAD trainers for the Family Donation Conversation Workshops as part of the Professional Education Package for health professionals involved in family consent.

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