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    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. 

    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.

    Plasma donor - Mayank

    March 27, 2018

    Sure, you can take it from us that donating blood will make you feel ten different kinds of incredible, but if you still need more convincing, take it from Mayank, who recently donated plasma for the first time.

    Tom Lonegan became a blood ambassador after needing life-saving blood transfusions

    March 4, 2018

    When Geelong AFL premiership player Tom Lonergan suffered an on-field injury, he needed Geelong’s entire supply of his blood type during surgery.

    The meaning of life is 42 and also how long donated blood lasts

    March 2, 2018

    You may have spent some of your time here on earth contemplating the meaning of life. Is it seeing every continent? Starting a family? Nailing the perfect paella to impress your friends? These are all fantastic contenders, but at last we have the definitive answer: 42.


    Donated blood helped to save Emily's life twice during child birth

    March 2, 2018

    The Hunter Family would like to thank our blood donors for their recent family outing to the zoo. 

    Donors have saved Emily Hunter’s life twice, ensuring that she and her family can enjoy the simple pleasures of being together, including visiting the zoo with their two daughters.

    Narelle’s life was saved by the generous blood donations of Australians

    March 2, 2018

    Every blood donation has the potential to save three lives, but have you ever thought about all the people beyond that patient whose lives are richer and happier thanks to your donation?