A Declaration By Australian Nurses and Other Medical Professionals

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.

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

Who's signing

Ian Gurner
Anna Spinaze
cathie Mcnamara
Brian standlick
Louise Jones
Athena Heater
Yossi Goldfarb
Jennifer Cullen
Jessica Offer
Ingrid Reynish
David Coote
Evan Barr
Hanna Silver
Adam Krongold
Tyson Walters
Rebecca Alvarez
Bethany Nielsen
Alida Lewis
23 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Ian Gurner
    signed 2020-10-10 19:37:12 +1100
  • Anna Spinaze
    signed 2020-10-10 09:14:26 +1100
  • cathie Mcnamara
    signed 2020-10-09 21:05:22 +1100
  • Brian standlick
    signed 2020-06-28 10:17:40 +1000
  • Louise Jones
    signed via 2020-06-18 21:04:13 +1000
  • Athena Heater
    signed via 2020-06-18 14:36:56 +1000
  • Yossi Goldfarb
    signed via 2020-05-28 12:26:46 +1000
  • Jennifer Cullen
    signed via 2020-05-25 22:51:51 +1000
  • Jessica Offer
    signed via 2020-05-25 20:51:22 +1000
  • Ingrid Reynish
    signed via 2020-05-25 14:23:54 +1000
  • David Coote
    signed via 2020-05-25 12:50:15 +1000
  • Evan Barr
    signed via 2020-05-25 12:08:11 +1000
  • Hanna Silver
    signed via 2020-05-25 11:51:26 +1000
  • Adam Krongold
    signed via 2020-05-25 10:52:14 +1000
  • Tyson Walters
    signed via 2020-05-25 10:40:53 +1000
  • Rebecca Alvarez
    signed via 2020-05-25 10:01:27 +1000
  • Bethany Nielsen
    signed via 2020-05-25 09:39:15 +1000
  • Alida Lewis
    signed 2020-05-25 09:08:16 +1000
  • Ivan Hinton-Teoh
    published this page in Blood Donation - A Declaration From Australian Medical Professionals 2020-05-20 19:25:09 +1000

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