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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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Blood types and doughnuts: What are blood types and why do they matter? | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

What’s your type?Blood type, I mean. You may already know that you’re an “O negative” or a chirpy “B positive.” Or one of many other combinations of A, B, O positive and negative.  But what do those letters mean, why do they matter, and what does the future of blood typing hold? Australian Red Cross Lifeblood - Call 13 14 95 today to donate blood and save three lives

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Cryoprecipitate | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Cryoprecipitate contains clotting proteins, fibrinogen in particular. It is most commonly used as part of a massive transfusion where large numbers of blood components are required to assist with clotting.

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Donating plasma or platelets by apheresis | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Apheresis. It might sound complicated, but it’s just another word for how we collect your plasma. Australian Red Cross Lifeblood - Call 13 14 95 today to donate blood and save three lives

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Pregnancy & childbirth | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

There are several situations that may occur during or immediately after pregnancy and require treatment with blood products including anaemia, bleeding, prevention of haemolytic disease of the newborn and immune platelet disorders.

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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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Anaemia | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Anaemia is a medical term for low red blood cell count or haemoglobin and often results in a lack of oxygen to the cells. Anaemia can be caused by many medical conditions. Transfusion of red cells may be required if anaemia becomes severe.

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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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Donors | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Milk

Consider donating your breast milk to our Milk Bank. This is a chance for you to be part of our mission to help thousands of vulnerable premature babies by giving them access to donated breast milk.

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Cryodepleted plasma | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Cryodepleted plasma is plasma that has had some blood clotting proteins (cryoprecipitate) removed. It is mostly used for a condition known as thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP).

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