Western Australia Bone Marrow Donor Registry

The Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABDMR) is supported by the Department of Health (WA). ABDMR manages and coordinates the search for the best donor or stem cells for patients who require a bone marrow transplant within WA. The staff work very closely with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. The WA Bone Marrow Donor Centre is based within the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Perth facility.

The Western Australia Bone Marrow Donor Registry manages and recruits donors (external site) who are willing to donate their bone marrow or blood stem cells for a bone marrow transplant patient. The registry is linked to a worldwide network of similar donor registries than can be searched for these patients.

Bone marrow is the soft tissue found inside bones which produces haemopoietic stem cells which in turn multiply and develop into blood cells. If the bone marrow is destroyed or damaged by disease (such as leukaemia or cancer) , then replacing the damaged bone marrow (external site) (often called bone marrow or stem cell transplantation) is the only possible treatment for many of these people to save their lives.

The donation has to come from a donor who closely matches the patient’s Human Leucocyte Antigen (HLA) type (external site). Searching for a donor from the same ethnic group as the donor greatly improves the chances of a match, so your ethnic background is important.

Contacts

Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry
17 O'Riordan Street
Alexandria NSW 2015
Telephone: 02 9234 2405
Website: https://www.abmdr.org.au/ (external site)

WA Bone Marrow Donor Centre
Australian Red Cross Blood Service
290 Wellington Street
Perth WA 6000
Telephone:  08 9421 2886
Email: bmdcwa@redcrossblood.org.au

More information

Blood Unit
Office of the Chief Medical Officer
Level 3, GPO Building
3 Forrest Place
Perth WA 6000
Phone: 6373 2321
Email: bloodmanagement@health.wa.gov.au

Last reviewed: 13-07-2020
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WA Blood Management