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Why donate 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 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.
Meet Jesse, Katiah-Ann and Sonny
Jesse, Katiah-Ann and Sonny are grateful to donors for helping them be happy, healthy kids.
They receive plasma treatments every three to four weeks to manage their autoimmune disease.
Every blood donation helps to save three lives, like Jesse, Katiah-Ann and Sonny.
Find out more
- Inspiring stories from blood recipients.
- What our donors have to say about giving blood.
- How your blood is used
Ready to donate? Make an appointment today.