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The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has a proud history of innovative and exciting research and development. Such ingenuity is essential for ensuring the Blood Service provides a safe and high quality service to the community.

The aim of Research and Development (R&D) is to conduct world class research that will inform the Blood Service's core activities. R&D at the Blood Service is underpinned by a robust business plan and focuses on building relationships with current and future donors; maintaining the safety and quality of blood products; enhancing knowledge of transfusion; and improving practice. A strong emphasis is placed on translational research that could ultimately lead to improved operational procedures or changes in clinical practice.

To achieve these aims, the research team:

  • maintains a balanced national research program
  • focuses on high quality collaborative projects, and
  • strengthens the current and future integrity of the Blood Service through the implementation of progressive, scientific processes and technological innovations.