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    May 17, 2018

    Researchers from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service are collaborating with the Westmead Institute for Medical Research to trial a revolutionary treatment for people whose cancers have returned and who currently have little hope of a cure. 

    Pregnant woman blood recipient

    May 10, 2018

    Every year, 175,000 Australian couples will have their first child. While it can be the happiest time of your life, if you’re a first-time father or partner and you’re feeling…well, a bit useless – you’re not alone. Find out how you can show your support.

    Blood Recipient Alison's Story

    May 10, 2018

    Twelve hours after Heather’s baby, Alison, was born, all the blood coursing through her little veins was replaced with donated blood. 27 years later, she’s grateful to those who made the decision to donate blood – and saved her life.

    Photo of Blood Recipient and Daughter

    May 10, 2018

    As a midwife, Rae was so excited to become pregnant herself. When the time finally came, the pregnancy was a dream, just as she'd hoped. The birth, however, was a different story.

    image of a blood donor, heart tattoo

    April 27, 2018

    Many of us would like to make a charitable contribution or volunteer our time for the greater good, but it can be tough to figure out where to start. These charitable causes won’t cost you a cent. 

    March 29, 2018

    What’s your type?

    Blood type, I mean. You may already know that you’re an “O negative” or a chirpy “B positive.” Or one of many other combinations of A, B, O positive and negative.  But what do those letters mean, why do they matter, and what does the future of blood typing hold?

    Plasma will become our most needed blood component in the coming years

    March 27, 2018

    No doubt you’ve heard of donating blood, but if this is the first you’re hearing of donating plasma, it perfectly highlights one of the reasons we’re currently working to recruit more plasma donors.

    Unless you have donated plasma, you may not know all the ways it can save lives

    March 27, 2018

    Blood transfusions are the headline-grabbing hero of what we do. Blood transfusions save lives every day, and they truly deserve all the celebration they can get. But what about the quiet achiever buoying your red cells, what about plasma?

    Plasma donations have made such a difference to Hayley's life

    March 27, 2018

    25 year-old Hayley has Common Variable Immune Deficiency Disorder (CVID). Plasma donations ensure Hayley can continue her work as a full time PhD student at the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra. Without them, Hayley would be susceptible to infections from viruses and bacteria.

    Travellers make great plasma donors

    March 27, 2018

    If you’re a frequent traveller and you’ve tried to donate blood, you may have discovered the two activities are sometimes not compatible. Due to some blood-borne diseases, there are temporary deferrals on donating blood after you’ve visited certain places.

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