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    Plasma recipient Jake, standing in front of brick wall

    July 10, 2018

    At just 16, Jake suffered from Toxic Shock Syndrome. After spending several days unconscious in hospital, he was given a blood transfusion and a lot of plasma. It was that plasma helped to neutralise the deadly bacterial toxins in his body, and ultimately saved his life.

    Blood Donor in Blood Donor Centre

    June 7, 2018

    Keep being a lifesaver! No, really. Donated blood can only be stored for 42 days, so please, give regularly.

    Shannon, plasma recipient and mum

    June 7, 2018

    1 in 5 women will need blood products at some point during their pregnancy. Here Shannon tells the story of when she was that woman: twice.

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    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.