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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 17 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.
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is a division of the Australian Red Cross. The Board reports to the Red Cross Board, which has overall responsibility and oversight and appoints all non-executive Board members.
Australian governments fully fund the Blood Service for the provision of blood products and services to the Australian community. Consequently, we have specific financial and other reporting obligations to the National Blood Authority.
The Board plays a vital role in ensuring the governance of the Blood Service. It is responsible for the organisation’s efficient operation and takes the lead in setting the culture of operating in a responsible way within the community.