Become a Stool Donor for Patients

Being a stool donor with BiomeBank is very special. Your donation is used to create a microbial therapy for patients in need.

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Stool Donor Screening Form

We will use this form to determine if you are an eligible donor. If so, we will contact you about next steps.

Stool Donor FAQ

What is stool donation?

Stool donation is used at BiomeBank for the creation of FMT treatments and for research into microbial therapies that will better help Australians living with gut disorders.

How do I donate?

Our donation period goes for 8 weeks. On the day you’ll have to come into our Thebarton site during your booked timeslot and fill out a questionnaire before going about your business. Donations must occur onsite to comply with TGA regulations.

How do I sign up as a donor?

Fill out the survey below, the results will be sent to our team. After this just wait for our friendly staff to get back to you via email – they’ll send out more information and proceed you to the next stage.

The next stage involves a more detailed questionnaire followed by a third stage that involves a clinical assessment, blood and stool testing.

If after all of these stages you have met the criteria for becoming a stool donor you will be enrolled into the program.

I’m currently taking antibiotics, can I still donate?

Antibiotics can affect the microbiome in your stool and you will not be eligible to donate for a period of 3 months after your last dose. However if you would still like to donate after that time has passed please come back.

Things to consider when applying to be a BiomeBank stool donor

FMT involves collecting stool from a healthy person and delivering it into the bowel of a person with a disease with the aim of treating that disease. At BiomeBank, we collect stool from healthy donors to treat patients with Clostridioides difficile infection. This is a potentially life-threatening infection that can be resistant to antibiotics. FMT is a highly effective treatment for this condition.

To become a stool donor for the FMT program, you should be:

  • Fit and healthy.
  • Between 18 and 60 years of age inclusive
  • Live in the Adelaide Metropolitan Area or be able to travel to Thebarton for donations

You should not:

  • Have any active medical problem
  • Be pregnant
  • Have received oral antibiotic therapy for 3 months prior to entering the program
  • Have travelled to any locations with a high risk of transmissible infection within the last 3 months (influenza, gastroenteritis, COVID-19, Ebola etc)
  • Be a current smoker or have smoked in the last 90 days

Other selection criteria apply

Individuals who do not meet the screening criteria to become stool donors for the FMT program may elect to donate for research and development of microbial therapies.

You will undergo clinical assessment to ensure your stool is safe to be transplanted. This will include a medical interview and examination as well as stool and blood testing and a nasal swab.

Your donation window will be 8 weeks where you will be encouraged to donate onsite multiple times per week if possible. Time slots will be available in both the morning and afternoon; it is recommended that you choose a time slot near when you usually go to the bathroom. It is recommended that donors eat fibre rich foods and drink plenty of water leading up to and during your donation window. You will be reimbursed for your donations.