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Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is a division of the Australian Red Cross. They are funded by the federal, state and territory governments of Australia to supply the community with safe, high quality blood and blood products, as well as organ and bone marrow services for transplantation.

Such important work is only possible through the incredible donations of over half a million unpaid voluntary donors.

They are part of the international Red Cross and Red Crescent community – the world’s oldest humanitarian organisation – and they subscribe fully to its humanitarian principles.

Mission and vision

To improve the lives of patients through the power of humanity.

To perform a critical role in healthcare by providing a safe, secure and cost-effective supply of quality blood products, essential services and leading edge research to meet the needs of patients.

How Australian Red Cross Lifeblood can help

The organisation's online resources are provided both for donors and non-donors to allow people to make an informed choice to become a voluntary blood donor in Australia. This includes, but is not limited to, eligibility criteria and the selection of blood donors, collection type relevance to blood group, special donor panels, the process involved with donating blood and the beneficiaries of such products.

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood supports Australian lives - through blood donation and transfusion, organ matching, tissue typing, donated breast milk and more.

Information line

To find out more about becoming a blood donor

Call 131 495

Programs and apps

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

Recommended links

Last reviewed: January 2020

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Donating blood | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Lifeblood collects blood from voluntary, non-remunerated donors at both fixed and mobile collection centres across Australia to ensure our blood supplies can meet the needs of patients who require blood transfusions.

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Ensuring blood safety | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

All blood donations undergo a number of tests at Lifeblood to ensure product safety and quality. Testing is also performed at the hospital before you receive a transfusion.

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Making blood components | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Lifeblood processes each donation to ensure components are optimised to help the greatest number of recipients. For example, whole blood donations are manufactured into red blood cells, platelets and plasma products.

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Matching blood groups | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Before you receive a transfusion, compatibility testing is performed between the donated blood and a patient's blood sample.

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Avoid a transfusion | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Sometimes the best transfusion is the one you don't get. Read more about the ways you can reduce your chance of needing a transfusion.

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Having a transfusion | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Find out what questions to ask your doctor about transfusion, what will happen on the day and what to expect afterwards.

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After a transfusion | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

If you are going home after your transfusion you will need to make sure you know how to contact the hospital or doctor if you start to feel unwell.

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Patient Stories | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Find out some transfusion stories and tell us your own.

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Bone marrow donation | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

When you become a bone marrow donor, your donation is often the last chance for life for someone with a serious illness.The Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) is always looking for young, committed, ethnically-diverse donors to help save lives. Ethnic diversity is really important since patients are more likely to find a match with a donor from the same ethnic

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Bleeding disorder | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Bleeding disorders are a group of conditions where blood cannot clot properly. Transfusion of platelets or plasma products may be required to assist with clotting. Red cells may also be required if blood loss is severe.

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