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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.

Vision and mission

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

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.

Last reviewed: January 2020

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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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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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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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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 Australia’s 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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Blood testing and safety | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

At Australian Red Cross Lifeblood our number one priority has to be the safety of the patients who receive donated blood. We base our guidelines on who can donate blood and what the latest medical research tells us is safest for patients and donors. Australian Red Cross Lifeblood - Call 13 14 95 today to donate blood and save three lives

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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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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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Parents of Premature Babies | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Milk

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Milk collects, tests and distributes donated breast milk to help premature babies. Find out if Lifeblood donated breast milk can help your family.

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About blood types | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Want to know 'What blood type am I?' Make an appointment and we will tell you!Best donation by blood typeThere are three kinds of donation: blood, plasma and platelets. Your blood type, also known as your blood group, helps determine what kind of blood donation might be best for you to give. Australia needs a steady supply of donations, but the specific amounts of each kind

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