Registering

through a Lifeblood

Donor Centre

If you’re a blood donor aged under 35 , you’re eligible to join Australia’s registry of volunteer blood stem cell donors. Just sign up below and make sure to mention it when you book your next blood donation. Blood stem cell donation is a simple, safe process that can potentially cure an otherwise uncurable disease, and save a life.

How amazing is that! Hear from some patients about what stem cell donation means for them.

Registering

through a Lifeblood

Donor Centre

If you’re a blood donor aged under 35 , you’re eligible to join Australia’s registry of volunteer blood stem cell donors. Just sign up below and make sure to mention it when you book your next blood donation. Blood stem cell donation is a simple, safe process that can potentially cure an otherwise uncurable disease, and save a life.

How amazing is that! Hear from some patients about what stem cell donation means for them.

Welcome Blood donors!

Because donations only happen when an ideal match is found, most people who join the registry will never get that phone call asking them to donate. Just by signing up you offer hope to the thousands of patients in Australia and around the world who are desperately searching for the match that can save their life.

Donating stem cells used to be a huge deal. But boy, have times changed! About 90% of donations are like a 4 hour plasma donation following a short course of injections to make your blood stem cells multiply like crazy. These injections may give some donors a headache or aching bones/ muscles, like a mild flu. Apart from wanting a long nap after a donation, most donors are up and about the next day, amazed at how easy it was!

In about 10% of cases, usually when the patient is a child, day surgery will be needed to extract bone marrow from the donor’s hip bone with a needle. This is done under general anaesthetic but don’t worry: it sounds scarier than it is. Marrow donors are out of hospital the same day, usually with an aching hip and some bruising for a few days – and an awesome story to tell!

For those that do get that call, we’ll be there every step of the way with you, making sure you receive the best medical care and all the information you could possibly need. Check out the How Donation Works page and our FAQ’s for more info.

And our Privacy Policy covers how we manage the patient-donor search – and the rest of the donation process – while strictly protecting donor (and patient) privacy and anonymity.

We at Strength to Give love blood donors – you’re not scared of needles, and we know you step up when needed. Although you don’t have to be a blood donor to join our registry, we’re pleased our friends at Lifeblood encourage eligible blood donors to sign up. It’s important to note that Strength to Give is an initiative of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry – a charity operating for 30 years to support Australian blood stem cell donors and transplant patients. Although we work with the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, we are a separate organisation.

If you are:

Willing to anonymously donate your blood stem cells to anyone in need of a transplant, anywhere in the world

Generally healthy (we cover this in a bit more detail in the next steps)

Ready to do this

Then Let’s Go!