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- About blood
- 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.
Applied and Developmental Research
Research Program Leader - Dr Denese Marks
Conducts research and technology evaluations that have the potential to improve blood product quality and safety, operational efficiency and donor well being. Applied and Developmental Research teams work closely with aligned Blood Service Divisions and other leaders in transfusion technology and research.
Research Program Leader - Dr Hugh Capper
Focused on donor safety and the safety, efficacy and appropriate use of blood products through direct participation and/or collaboration with other research groups in human clinical trials. This includes the development of patient and donor registries that track donor characteristics and transfusion outcomes resulting from the use of Blood Service products to inform current and future transfusion practices.
Donor and Community Research
Senior Research Fellow - Dr Geoff Smith
A targeted research program designed to examine donor retention, recruitment, motivation and community attitudes to blood and plasma donation, with the purpose of providing research outcomes that contribute to marketing campaigns, organisational policies and broader public heath issues in relation to blood donation.
Transfusion Science Research
Research Program Leader - Prof. Robert Flower
Longer term cutting edge research to generate and translate knowledge into improved operational procedures or clinical practice. Research areas include, but are not restricted to, physiology of the reticuloendothelial and circulatory systems including regulation of cellular function, as well as the coagulation system, transfusion pathophysiology (including immuno-biology) and molecular diagnostics.
Innovation and Development
Innovation and Development Manager - Ms Suiyin Cheah
Reviews and develops (where appropriate) research and business opportunities that may arise from R&D projects and other opportunities conducted within or in collaboration with the Blood Service. In addition, this function acts as a conduit for the development and management of ‘Deed’ and ‘non-Deed’ activities, both internally and externally, including the provision of project management and reporting support services, contract management services, testing services to external organisations and the supply of products for research, teaching and other related purposes. Through managing these activities, R&D is able more readily to access relevant research opportunities external to the Blood Service.