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    Australian Red Cross Blood Service employee holding a transportation box in front of delivery van.

    July 1, 2019

    We need to beat the weather to supply safe blood all around Australia, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    February 8, 2019

    Each year we mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February, to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.

    Blood Donor Donating Blood

    August 29, 2018

    Do you want to make sure that you have the best experience of blood donation? Well, scroll on through for some tips and tricks from our donors, doctors and nurses. While you may have heard some of these before, you may not know why they work.

    May 24, 2018

    I am interested in how platelets, the smallest blood cells, function.

    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. 

    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?


    January 12, 2018

    There are many molecules on the surface of red blood cells that vary between individuals, and these form the basis of blood groups.


    January 12, 2018

    Blood is vitally important for our body. As it’s pumped around our body through veins and arteries, it transports oxygen from our lungs to all of the other organs, tissues and cells that need it.


    January 12, 2018

    Just as a village can’t grow into a city without some form of transport (road, rail or river) that provides necessary interconnections for it to flourish, living things are limited in the size they can reach unless they have some form of circulatory system to transport nutrients and remove waste.


    January 12, 2018

    Every year in Australia over 300 people are reported as suffering from a debilitating disease known as Q fever. The Blood Service is currently undertaking research into this poorly understood disease to help map the true numbers of those infected across Australia.