Eligibility criteria

Donor eligibility

If you are between the ages of 18-35 then you are in the ideal age bracket to become a blood stem cell donor. 

You need to hold a valid Medicare card and be willing to donate anonymously to any patient in the world. 

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
    • Scleroderma
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Guillain-Barre syndrome
    • Immune thrombocytopaenic purpura
  • Minor autoimmune diseases may be acceptable, including:
    • Psoriasis
    • Vitiligo
    • 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.

Additional information:

ABMDR doesn’t exclude people who have resided in the UK, travelled overseas, gotten a tattoo, engaged in intravenous drug use or had male-to-male sex from joining the Registry. 

Australian governments provide funding for blood donors to join our Registry when they donate blood. Please refer to Lifeblood for more information.