A Declaration By Australian Doctors

To Australia’s health ministers, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the National Blood Authority and the Red Cross Lifeblood Service,

We are Australian health professionals who want the blood supply to be safe, more abundant and less discriminatory.

We support a policy that screens potential blood donors for their individual risk, not the gender of their sexual partner.

We believe the current ban on blood donation by sexually-active gay and bisexual men, and transgender people, reduces the amount of blood available without making the blood supply safer.

A better policy would be to focus on activity that actually creates risk and to screen potential donors for that risk, regardless of sexuality or gender identity.

Recent research shows allowing gay blood donation does not compromise blood safety and infection through transfusion may go down if screening focuses on sexual risk instead (Blanco et al 2020).

It also shows a majority of gay and bisexual men would donate if they could (Clackett et al 2020).

We acknowledge the recent reduction of the deferral period for gay and transgender people from twelve months to three.

But this is unlikely to substantially increase the blood supply, and it will not remove stigma experience by those unnecessarily barred from donation.

The Covid-19 pandemic makes it more important than ever to have a sufficient and secure the blood supply.

We believe the new donor screening policy outlined above will meet this goal.

Doctors sign below. Nurses and other medical professionals can sign here.

Who's signing

John Tran
Charlotte Reddington
Claire Young
Annie Meyer
Nurman Noor
Sarah Quercini
Laura Saint
Sara Cargill
Hannah Fyfe
Jessica Phillips
Jasmine Williams
Alex Murfett
Fiona Daniel
York Leong
Catherine Oliver
Sally Shepherd
Danila Kavenagh
Gemma Daley
Diana Romanic
Liz McMahon
Hannah Cooney
Danielle Morris
Georgina Stevenson
Stephanie Aplin
Christa Goodall
Ellen Meyns
Carol Tung
Nisha Khot
Hamish Johnston
Rebecca Quin
65 signatures

Will you sign?

  • John Tran
    signed 2020-06-24 21:17:53 +1000
  • Charlotte Reddington
    signed via 2020-06-22 09:05:23 +1000
  • Claire Young
    signed via 2020-06-21 10:18:38 +1000
  • Annie Meyer
    signed via 2020-06-20 07:27:01 +1000
  • Nurman Noor
    signed 2020-06-20 00:57:32 +1000
  • Sarah Quercini
    signed 2020-06-19 18:22:31 +1000
  • Laura Saint
    signed via 2020-06-19 15:22:15 +1000
  • Sara Cargill
    signed via 2020-06-19 14:24:25 +1000
  • Hannah Fyfe
    signed via 2020-06-19 13:30:15 +1000
  • Jessica Phillips
    signed 2020-06-19 09:50:14 +1000
  • Jasmine Williams
    signed via 2020-06-19 09:27:53 +1000
  • Alex Murfett
    signed via 2020-06-19 05:44:50 +1000
  • Fiona Daniel
    signed via 2020-06-19 05:44:22 +1000
  • York Leong
    signed via 2020-06-19 00:31:58 +1000
  • Catherine Oliver
    signed via 2020-06-18 22:12:30 +1000
  • Sally Shepherd
    signed via 2020-06-18 20:33:53 +1000
  • Danila Kavenagh
    signed 2020-06-18 20:32:16 +1000
  • Gemma Daley
    signed via 2020-06-18 20:28:12 +1000
  • Diana Romanic
    signed via 2020-06-18 19:36:00 +1000
  • Liz McMahon
    signed 2020-06-18 19:20:37 +1000
  • Hannah Cooney
    signed via 2020-06-18 18:41:53 +1000
  • Danielle Morris
    signed via 2020-06-18 18:39:50 +1000
  • Georgina Stevenson
    signed via 2020-06-18 18:22:40 +1000
  • Stephanie Aplin
    signed via 2020-06-18 15:05:12 +1000
  • Christa Goodall
    signed via 2020-06-18 13:50:01 +1000
  • Ellen Meyns
    signed via 2020-06-18 13:49:37 +1000
  • Carol Tung
    signed via 2020-06-18 13:35:19 +1000
  • Nisha Khot
    signed 2020-06-18 13:27:18 +1000
  • Hamish Johnston
    signed 2020-06-02 09:05:57 +1000
  • Rebecca Quin
    signed 2020-05-25 15:52:16 +1000

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