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Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Lifeblood are here to help donors give life — and recipients get it. They work together, across the nation, with donors, communities and health providers. Their purpose? Life-giving donations for life-changing outcomes.

Lifeblood’s role goes beyond blood donation. They’re saving lives in all kinds of amazing ways. Whether it’s through organ matching and tissue typing, facilitating stem cell donation, breast milk donations or microbiota donations for clinical trials, they’re there for Australia.

Their clinical excellence, commitment to education and ongoing investment in research and development make them a team of experts who deliver safe, high-quality products time and time again.

Lifeblood is a division of the Australian Red Cross Society and subscribe fully to its humanitarian principles. However, they’re separate from the humanitarian arm of the Red Cross and blood operations are funded by Australian governments, not monetary donations.

How Australian Red Cross Lifeblood can help

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood supports Australian lives through life-giving donations for life-changing outcomes — it’s as simple as that.

Information line

  • To find out more about becoming a blood, breast milk or microbiota donor call 13 14 95 or visit

Programs and apps

  • The free Donate blood app is the easiest way to manage blood donation appointments

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Last reviewed: September 2023

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What is plasma? | Lifeblood

Want to be able to help more people, more often? Give plasma.

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Resource library | Lifeblood

Our resources can be freely downloaded, and printed copies of selected resources can also be ordered at no cost.

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Clinical indications | Lifeblood

Some types of anaemia, thrombocytopenia and platelet function disorders, bleeding disorders and massive transfusion are common clinical indications for blood components.

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Matching blood groups | Lifeblood

Before you receive a transfusion, testing is done between the donated blood and a sample of your own blood to check for compatibility.

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Plasma transfusions | Lifeblood

Fresh frozen plasma (FFP) is used to replace missing or low levels of blood proteins in a range of medical and surgical situations.

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Organ and tissue donation | Lifeblood

Thought about being an organ donor? Find out the importance of organ and tissue donation, and how to donate.

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Donate as a group | Lifeblood

Donate blood as a group with Lifeblood Teams.

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Informed consent | Lifeblood

Treatment with blood transfusion needs to be carefully discussed with your doctor.

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Platelet disorders | Lifeblood

Platelet disorders lead to defects in primary haemostasis and occur as a result of a bone marrow disorders, immune system problems or as a side effect of certain medications.

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Emergency provision of red cells | Lifeblood

In emergency situations, it’s important for individuals requesting a transfusion to clearly inform the laboratory staff of the urgency of transfusion.

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