Who we are

The ABMDR is a public company limited by guarantee under the Australian Corporations Law and a Registered Charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth) (ACNC Act).

We are the only organisation responsible for the recruitment of volunteer bone marrow/blood stem cell donors and the administrative management of the National Cord Blood Collection Network of public cord blood banks in Australia.

The ABMDR, including cord blood operations, is funded by the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments through a variety of contracts.

Where we are

The ABMDR National Office is based in Sydney where the staff work in close association with the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood. The donor and search centres can be found in the capital city in each state and they serve metropolitan and country areas in Australia.

The National Cord Blood Collection Network (AusCord) cord blood banks are located in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with collection centres in these cities in addition to an Indigenous collection centre in Darwin.

What we do

We give patients a chance of life
Bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants are an option for the medical treatment of patients with blood and immune disorders.

We facilitate the search for donors on behalf of patients in need of transplants
We search for suitably matched donors and umbilical cord blood units. We provide guidelines for the search, collection and care of the donor before and after the donation.

We coordinate financial assistance for Australian patients
The ABMDR coordinates financial assistance provided by the Australian government for Australian patients searching for a suitable donor.

We educate the community
The ABMDR raises awareness about the importance of becoming a bone marrow donor or donating umbilical cord blood. When a person joins the registry, that person joins more than 20 million people around the world who are willing to help anyone in need.

We support research
We provide to the scientific community access to the ABMDR tissue repository and donors for research, managed through the ABMDR Research Governance Committee.

Who we help

Australian and international patients who are in need of a stem cell transplant and have not found a donor among their relatives.

Volunteer bone marrow donors and umbilical cord blood donors who are willing to help any person in the world in need of a transplant join the ABMDR.