Pathways to Giving

IDFA operates solely on the generosity of others through two avenues, funds or their time.

There are a variety of ways in which IDFA can be supported financially such as through sponsorships, grants, donations and fundraising activities.

We are also grateful for all of our current and past volunteers, who have helped us get to where we are today. There are numerous areas in which people can volunteer with us including by becoming a circle of support peer mentor, assisting with member events or being on one of our panels or the board.

You can make a difference in someone’s life and support our work and members by joining our pathways to giving.

Financial Support

Funds raised allow IDFA to continue ongoing work in supporting Australians living with immunodeficiencies.

IDFA members benefit from financial support in various ways, including: access to free resources (hard copy and e-resources); participating in member meet-ups and conferences; the opportunity to engage with medical experts, researchers, and allied health professionals in our webinars and events; experience the peer mentor program; be part of IDFAs advocacy and awareness campaigns.

Provide Entertainment Opportunities

Donate to International Entertainment (commercial fundraiser) organising shows for the disadvantaged on our behalf.

Donate Your Day

Ask others to donate on behalf of you for your birthday or donate your workday to IDFA.

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Buy raffle tickets, and not only will you be supporting a great cause, you’ll also have a chance to win some great prizes!

Direct Donation

Would you consider making a direct donation to support our cause?

Sponsorship Opportunities

Through the kind support of our sponsors we are able to deliver ongoing value to our members through a range of opportunities.

Play for Purpose

Support Immune Deficiencies Foundation Australia and you can win hundreds of amazing prizes!

Important note – Please do not make donations or sponsor payments for International Entertainment shows Circus Quirkus, Razzamatazz or World Festival of Magic via the below link. Please contact us at or call us on 1800 100 198 if you have any questions regarding these payments.

Volunteer With Us

IDFA’s vision is a future where all immunodeficiencies are diagnosed and treatment is commenced early, enabling those impacted to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Our services are the result of the combined efforts of staff and volunteers. Volunteering with IDFA helps support us to achieve our goals towards educating, advocating and spreading awareness of immunodeficiencies within the public and medical communities.

Whether you’re a patient, carer, friend or family it can be an empowering opportunity to volunteer in the field of rare disease. You can help us achieve our goals of:


  • Creating awareness and understanding of all immunodeficiencies;
  • Advocating for improved outcomes for patients, carers and families; and,
  • Building community for all Australians living with immunodeficiency.

Share your Professional Experience

Join our board or one of our panels; share your experience via our webinars.

Join #IDFALifeblood

Search for #IDFALifeblood and join the team for your next blood/plasma/platelet donation.

Share your Personal Experience

Sharing your Story with us to utilise in advocacy campaigns, speaking to media outlets, or being part of a webinar.

Host or Participate in an Event

Assist with event organisation or host your own online or in-person event.

Become a Peer Mentor

Get involved with our education program and become a mentor supporting other IDFA members.

Projects and Student Placement

If you are a student or have certain skills, we are offering a range of project opportunities.

Host a Plasma Party

Raise awareness of the need for plasma, via hosting a Plasma Party in your local area.

Meet Our Volunteers


Kylie is one of our many Circle of Support Peer Mentors, who work one-on-one with members to help them through their journey. She brings her insights from her diagnosis journey as well as ways of navigating life.

“I know how difficult and lonely the journey is after being diagnosed with an immunodeficiency. By volunteering as a CoS peer mentor, I can support other members on their journey and remove that sense of loneliness. It is immensely satisfying knowing that I’ve helped support a member through a difficult time.”


Pearl is a valued member of the IDFA organisation. From being on the board to being a Circle of Support Peer Mentor, she has contributed in many ways. Pearl has shared her story with us and media outlets to raise awareness for those living with immunodeficiency.

“I don’t want my struggle to make me a victim. I want my battle to make me someone else’s hero.” This quote resonated with me as it sums up the essence of why I volunteer for IDFA. I spent the first decade after my diagnosis pretty much alone with no information and no idea what to do when I got sick. When I found IDFA, I found understanding and a community. The road to diagnosis is long and to know you are not alone is immensely comforting. 


Jenny is a long-time member, who has worked tirelessly on advocacy campaigns for IDFA. Throughout her life, she has volunteered in many aspects of her life, including at her local primary school and scout groups. In 2017, after publishing a book, she turned her focus to SCID Newborn Screening. Through research and advocacy, Jenny played a major part in our campaign to get SCID added to the Newborn Bloodspot Screening Australia-wide.

“It is important to support those who are making a difference in people’s lives. Our researchers need support in lots of different ways. Most people can’t make large financial donations, but we can help in other ways such as through patient stories and advocacy. Contacting members of Parliament, local members, and local media can highlight immunodeficiencies and the work of IDFA. Attending local community events and talking to people about these conditions all help. From giving your time you receive more back.”


Dr Melanie Wong is a Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist and head of the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Melanie is currently chair of the IDFA Medical Advisory Panel and sits on our board. Over the years, her contribution to research and advocacy (specifically the adoption of SCID Newborn Screening) has been invaluable, and we truly appreciate her efforts for those living with immunodeficiency.

“There is great value in being a health care professional member of a patient support organisation. Not only is there the potential to directly contribute to improved health outcomes for our patients and their families, but the better understanding of the impact of disease and their treatments from a patient and family perspective enhances our clinical interactions and practice to the benefit of our patients and community.”


Tricia is a valued volunteer within the IDFA community. She has contributed her wealth of knowledge by taking a leadership role in inviting new, or fewer experienced members to engage, to feel well-supported on their journey. She has been involved in many aspects of the community including webinars, conferences, being part of the National Patient Advisory Panel and working to host member meetings in her area.

“I am truly grateful to be a part of the many programs, webinars, conferences, National Patient Advisory Panel and Member Meetings, in bringing both education and support to members. I have been most fortunate to be invited to take a leadership role in inviting new, or less experienced members to engage, so to feel well-supported on their journey.”