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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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Margaret's story | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Margaret needed a total hip replacement. She was worried about the risks of surgery

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Red Cell | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Red cell transfusion may be required if you have a low haemoglobin or red cell count (anaemia). Red cells carry oxygen needed by all cells in your body.

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Before a transfusion | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Treatment with blood transfusion is carefully considered in discussion with your doctor. Find out more about your condition and treatment options to make an informed decision about your transfusion.

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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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Cancer | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Cancer can result in the need for a transfusion for a number of reasons including surgery, side effects of chemotherapy and as a result of the cancer itself.

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The Anti-D Program - saving babies | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Around 17%of Australian women who become pregnant need anti-D injections to keep their babies healthy, which can only be made from donated plasma.All of Australias anti-D plasma comes from a tiny pool of around 200 donors. These donors have a special type of antibody (a protein made by their immune system) in their blood. Australian Red Cross Lifeblood - Call 13 14 95 today

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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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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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Operation | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

You may need a red cell transfusion if you have lost a large amount of blood before or during surgery. A transfusion of platelets, plasma or clotting factors may be needed if any of these components are low or not working properly.

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Lifeblood Teams | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood


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