ABMDR COVID-19 Response
To learn how ABMDR is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit ABMDR's COVID-19 Response page
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.
Strength to Give Update 03/07/2020
ABMDR has received support from Australian governments to extend Strength to Give for a limited time, while a decision is made on longer term arrangements. Click here to find out more.