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Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Lifeblood are here for all Australians. And though their life-giving role started over 90 years ago with blood donations, today they support more people in more ways than ever before, from organ matching and tissue typing, to breast milk donations and microbiota donations.

They’re there for Australia. Not just with donations, but through clinical excellence, commitment to education and ongoing investment in research and development. They’re a team of experts who deliver safe, high-quality products time and time again.

Lifeblood is a division of the Australian Red Cross Society and subscribe fully to its humanitarian principles. However, they’re separate from the humanitarian arm of the Red Cross and blood operations are funded by Australian governments, not monetary donations.

Donors are Australia’s lifeblood. They’re indispensable and inspirational. Without them, Lifeblood can’t deliver the services that are critical to the health of our nation.

How Australian Red Cross Lifeblood can help

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

Information line

  • To find out more about becoming a blood donor, organ and tissue, breast milk or microbiota donor call 131 495

  • Or visit

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: September 2022

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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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Pregnancy, anti–D and plasma | Lifeblood

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

What’s your type?

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