Blood Donation

Why give blood?

Blood is vital to life and, for many people, blood donors are their life-line. Currently, only 1 in 30 Australians give blood, but 1 in 3 Australians will need blood in their lifetime. Every type of blood is important. Because type O is the most common blood type it is also the most needed. Type O negative is particularly valuable because in certain emergency situations it can be used when the patient’s blood type is unknown. Modern processing techniques mean that a single blood donation, when separated into its components, can help at least 3 different patients and contribute to making up to 22 different products (including potentially life-saving immunisations for chicken pox, hepatitis B and tetanus).

Where can you give blood?

Knowing the benefits, you can be proud of the importance and value of your life-saving donation. Just call our national donor information line on 13 14 95 or visit our website donateblood.com.au to find out the location of your nearest blood collection centre. You can be certain that when you give blood you are really making a difference to someone’s life.

Are there times when you shouldn’t give blood?

There may be times when you cannot give blood and you will be deferred temporarily. Some reasons for temporary deferral are: colds and flu, illness or operations, certain medications including antibiotics, pregnancy and recent major dental work. Simply give us a call on 13 14 95. If you are unsure about your eligibility, Blood Service staff are able to answer most general enquiries over the telephone.

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