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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

Recommended links

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

Last reviewed: January 2020

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Testing donated blood so it's safe| Lifeblood

Find out how donated blood is tested to maintain safety and manage the risk of any viruses inadvertently spread through blood donations.

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Why donate breast milk | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

If you're a breastfeeding mum with excess breast milk, talk to us at Australian Red Cross Lifeblood. See how you can make a difference with donated breast milk at our milk bank.

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Donated breast milk for new parents | Lifeblood

If you’ve had a premature baby, check with your doctor if donated breast milk is an option. See how we can help.

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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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Receiving a transfusion | Lifeblood

Lots of people receive transfusions every year, but it’s normal to feel a bit nervous. Knowing what to expect can help.

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Pregnancy and childbirth | Lifeblood

Anaemia, bleeding, prevention of haemolytic disease of the newborn and immune platelet disorders are conditions that can happen during or immediately after pregnancy and need treatment.

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