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- Why donate blood
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- Donating after travelling
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- About blood
Who can give
- 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.
Are you thinking of giving blood?
- Find out if you are eligible by taking our quick quiz above.
- Read the FAQs for full details on why some Australians are not able to give blood.
- Find out about the different donation types you can make.
Who can give blood
Most people are able to give blood if they:
- are fit, healthy and not suffering from a cold, flu or other illness at the time of donation or in the previous 7 days
- are aged between 16-70 years (in QLD and WA 16-17 year olds require parental consent)
- weigh more than 45kg
- drink up in the 24 hours before donation, especially in warm weather and have at least 3 good-sized glasses of water/juice in the 3 hours before donating.
- eat something in the 3 hours before donating
- bring at least one form of photo identification ID.
Parental consent form for QLD/WA 16-17 year olds
Donating after travelling overseas
If you have been overseas recently, or are planning to go, take a look at our travel page to see whether you are able to donate when you return.