The Heart and Lung Transplant Trust (Victoria) Inc. (HLTTV) is a not-for-profit association whose membership consists of heart and lung transplant patients, recipients, their carers and families.

Formed in 1994, five years after The Alfred Hospital performed its first pioneering heart transplant, HLTTV is managed by a committee of dedicated volunteers who have each experienced the heart or lung transplant journey. We are a partner of DonateLife and are a Deductible Gift Recipient.

Our vision is for a bright and active future for all those involved with or in need of a heart or lung transplant. We actively encourage organ donation and support The Alfred Hospital Melbourne, the transplant team, patients, recipients, their families and carers throughout the journey.

HLTTV is in a unique and privileged position to understand the journey and make a difference. We strive to do this through our programs, fostering a sense of community and certainty during the most uncertain of times and we are a resource for support, education and advocacy. Over the last few years, the HLTTV has provided treadmills and exercise bikes to The Alfred gym, used continually by pre and post transplant patients; refurbished consulting rooms at the Transplant Clinic; purchased IT equipment for The Alfred; and also provided a quiet room for families on the Heart Transplant Ward.


In 1989, The Alfred Hospital was one of the pioneers of heart transplant in Australia.

The Alfred is widely regarded as one of the leading transplant facilities in the world. Its methods, techniques and holistic program means its success rates are the very best of the best. Today, The Alfred performs around 90 transplants per year. These fit into four categories:

  • Heart
  • Single Lung
  • Double Lung
  • Heart & Lung

The Alfred directly serves all Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and southern New South Wales.  Additionally, The Alfred is the Australian centre for paediatric lung transplantation, which means any child in Australia who requires a lung transplant is treated at The Alfred.

Since 1989, thanks to the life-saving work of the brilliant clinicians at The Alfred, over 1,550 people’s lives have been changed. Of those, some 1,100 have been Victorians.

For every person who has received a transplant, there are family, friends, coaches, teachers, and work colleagues whose lives too have been changed. It is estimated that nationally this equates to nearly 40,000 people who have been directly impacted.