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Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Lifeblood are here to help donors give life — and recipients get it. They work together, across the nation, with donors, communities and health providers. Their purpose? Life-giving donations for life-changing outcomes.

Lifeblood’s role goes beyond blood donation. They’re saving lives in all kinds of amazing ways. Whether it’s through organ matching and tissue typing, facilitating stem cell donation, breast milk donations or microbiota donations for clinical trials, they’re there for Australia.

Their clinical excellence, commitment to education and ongoing investment in research and development make them 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.

How Australian Red Cross Lifeblood can help

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood supports Australian lives through life-giving donations for life-changing outcomes — it’s as simple as that.

Information line

  • To find out more about becoming a blood, breast milk or microbiota donor call 13 14 95 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 2023

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What is plasma? | Lifeblood

Want to be able to help more people, more often? Give plasma.

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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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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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Pregnancy, anti–D and plasma | 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.

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Why donate breast milk | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

See why donating breast milk is a really special thing to do.

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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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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 blood type matters | Lifeblood

They say opposites attract, but when it comes to blood transfusion, some things were never meant to mix.

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