How will COVID-19 and travel restrictions affect overseas donations of stem cells?
ABMDR is aware that there is concern in the blood cancer community about the impact of COVID-19 and international travel restrictions on the availability of stem cell donations from overseas.
We are working closely with the Australian Government, transplant centers, clinicians and transport partners, to ensure that stem cell donations from overseas are able to meet the needs of patients requiring a stem cell transplant.
Who should I talk to if I am concerned about me or my family member’s need for a stem cell transplant?
If you have any specific questions about how coronavirus could affect your own situation, please contact someone from your medical team. They will be happy to talk to you about any concerns you may have and will be in the best position to provide advice based on your individual circumstances, and the impact of coronavirus on local hospitals and your treatment plan.
More information about coronavirus and how to reduce the risk of infection is available from the Department of Health website.
How do I register as a donor during COVID-19?
Becoming a donor is easy – all it takes is a simple cheek swab which you can do at home (even while in quarantine). You can register on the Strength to Give website and we will send you a cheek swab pack in the post. If you are feeling unwell, please wait until you feel better before completing your swabs. Unwell people are not allowed to donate until they have fully recovered.
Find here the latest information regarding COVID-19 collateral impact:
HOW TO JOIN
Are you between the ages of 18-30?
If so, you may be eligible to participate in our pilot project Strength to Give. Click here to find out more about the project and learn how you can help.
Want to join the Registry and give blood?
If you are between 18 - 45 years old and meet the Lifeblood eligibility criteria, contact Lifeblood on 13 14 95 to make an appointment and join the registry.