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- Australia has one of the safest blood supply systems in the world.
- You can donate whole blood every 12 weeks.
- O negative blood is universal and can be given to anyone.
- Plasma and platelet donations can be made every 2 weeks.
- Every whole blood donation can save 3 lives.
- 1 in 3 people will need blood. Only 1 in 30 gives blood.
- Australia needs over 27,000 blood donations every week.
- 470mL of blood is collected when you give whole blood.
- Within 24-48 hours of giving blood, your blood volume is completely restored.
- Giving blood only takes about an hour.
- Plasma donations can be used to make 18 different products.
- Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days.
- 34% of donated blood goes towards helping cancer patients.
- You can start giving blood at 16.
- The blood service has been collecting blood for over 80 years.
- You can donate double platelets – helping twice as many people.
- Platelets have a shelf life of only 5 days.
Around 1,600 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists. These people are seriously ill and for many the generosity of an organ donor is their only chance for life itself.
Whilst Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes, it has one of the lowest donation rates in the developed world.
Become an organ or tissue donor
There are waiting lists for organ donations due to the relative shortage of donors and it is essential that more people consider becoming an organ donor and that they discuss it with family.
If you are interested in becoming a donor, you can:
- visit the Australian Organ Donor Register website to register online
- call 1800 777 203
- fill out a form at any Medicare office
Australian Organ and Tissue Donation Authority
The Australian Organ and Tissue Donation Authority was established on 1 January 2009 to oversee a nationally coordinated approach to organ and tissue donation for transplantation. The Authority is an independent statutory authority within the Australian Government Health and Ageing portfolio.
The purpose of the Authority is to establish - in partnership with states, territories, clinicians, consumers and the community - a nationally coordinated approach to organ and tissue donation for transplantation.
Visit the DonateLife™ website for more information.