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

Melinda Galbraith
Hamish Johnston
Wee-Sian Woon
Dr Angela Plunkett
Rebecca Quin
Claire Hinton
Emily Goss
Reece Bretag-Norris
Lyo Ohnuki
Natalie Fraser
Mary Brada Shimmin
Ella Rose
Claire Fotheringham
Ruth-Ellen Marks
Joanne Oo
Erin O’Halloran
Bronte Teale
Jessica Kracht
Kira Thiele
Kate Cush
Bronwyn Bebee
Kathryn Clark
Sharon Hagen
Chloe Kindred
Michael Taran
Marita Long
Clair Spry
Nick Stacey
Leonard Volkov
Anna Bamford
42 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Melinda Galbraith
    signed 2020-06-02 21:16:29 +1000
  • Hamish Johnston
    signed 2020-06-02 09:05:57 +1000
  • Wee-Sian Woon
    signed 2020-05-26 06:44:11 +1000
  • Dr Angela Plunkett
    signed 2020-05-25 18:09:02 +1000
  • Rebecca Quin
    signed 2020-05-25 15:52:16 +1000
  • Claire Hinton
    signed 2020-05-25 14:47:34 +1000
  • Emily Goss
    signed 2020-05-25 14:16:33 +1000
  • Reece Bretag-Norris
    signed 2020-05-25 14:10:47 +1000
  • Lyo Ohnuki
    signed 2020-05-25 13:51:55 +1000
  • Natalie Fraser
    signed 2020-05-25 13:20:42 +1000
  • Mary Brada Shimmin
    signed 2020-05-25 11:15:30 +1000
  • Ella Rose
    signed via 2020-05-25 10:29:31 +1000
  • Claire Fotheringham
    signed 2020-05-25 08:34:19 +1000
  • Ruth-Ellen Marks
    signed 2020-05-25 08:15:04 +1000
  • Joanne Oo
    signed 2020-05-25 07:27:56 +1000
  • Erin O’Halloran
    signed 2020-05-25 00:29:14 +1000
  • Bronte Teale
    signed 2020-05-24 23:24:52 +1000
  • Jessica Kracht
    signed 2020-05-24 23:01:05 +1000
  • Kira Thiele
    signed 2020-05-24 19:42:38 +1000
  • Kate Cush
    signed 2020-05-24 19:33:02 +1000
  • Bronwyn Bebee
    signed 2020-05-24 18:08:42 +1000
  • Kathryn Clark
    signed 2020-05-24 17:54:08 +1000
  • Sharon Hagen
    signed 2020-05-24 14:39:24 +1000
  • Chloe Kindred
    signed 2020-05-23 10:56:55 +1000
  • Michael Taran
    signed 2020-05-22 19:37:57 +1000
  • Marita Long
    signed 2020-05-22 19:01:58 +1000
  • Clair Spry
    signed 2020-05-22 17:32:01 +1000
  • Nick Stacey
    signed 2020-05-22 16:53:30 +1000
  • Leonard Volkov
    signed 2020-05-22 16:53:13 +1000
  • Anna Bamford
    signed 2020-05-22 16:39:31 +1000

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