If you are between the ages of 18-30 then you are in the ideal age bracket to become a donor. However, you are still able to register to be a donor up until the age of 45.
You need to hold a valid Medicare card and be willing to donate anonymously to any patient in the world. However, ABMDR donations are always collected in Australia.
Exclusion criteria include:
- Thalassaemia major, sickle cell disease, Fanconi anaemia or haemophilia
- Organ or bone marrow transplant
- Stroke or heart attack
- HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) or HTLV (human T-cell lymphotropic virus)
- Any past history of cancer, with the exception of two minor skin cancers – basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Pre-cancerous conditions like carcinoma in situ of the cervix are acceptable.
- Any history of severe autoimmune disease.
- Serious autoimmune disorders include:
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Immune thrombocytopaenic purpura
- Minor autoimmune diseases may be acceptable, including:
- Alopecia areata
- Coeliac disease
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, if thyroid function is stable on replacement medication
- Grave’s thyroiditis, if thyroid function is stable after treatment
- Pernicious anaemia, if successfully treated
- Sjoegren’s syndrome, in the absence of serious auto-immune diseases
For more detailed information have a look at our FAQs.
If you have any questions about these criteria, please contact us.
Donors who have resided in the UK, travelled overseas, gotten a tattoo, engaged in intravenous drug use or had male-to-male sex can join the ABMDR and become a donor.
However, donors recruited through the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood may still be required to meet their eligibility criteria. Please refer to the Lifeblood for more information.