International relations


The Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) is made up of over 168,000 volunteer donors and there are also over 36,000 cord blood units available for searching.

Through the international cooperative search relationships, the ABMDR and international registries exchange de-identified donor information in an effort to expand the patient possibilities.

Some of the registries that the ABMDR has relationships with are listed in a worldwide database, the WMDA Search and Match Service. Patients who initiate a preliminary search of the ABMDR have access to this database, which contains donor and cord blood unit typing from over 50 countries, including Australia. Up to date statistics can be found here. This database of donor tissue types is compiled by the WMDA (World Marrow Donor Association). When the preliminary search is done, the registries are searched through the WMDA, however, the ABMDR submits search requests directly to individual registries at the direction of transplant centre coordinators.

The WMDA works to ensure high quality haemopoietic stem cells (HSC) are available for patients worldwide and to protect HSC donors across borders.

Over 35 million people have joined the bone marrow registries and there are over 788,974 cord blood units stored world wide.