Age – How does age affect my ability to donate?

There are minimum and maximum ages for blood donation.

Minimum age for blood donation

Giving blood is one of the exciting things you can do when you turn 18. When you give blood, you give a bit of iron too, which is important when you’re still growing.

Read more about the age change policy

Maximum age for blood donation

The maximum age for blood donation depends on the kind of donation and if you’ve given blood before in Australia. 

You can become a blood, plasma or platelet donor any time up until your 76th birthday (but you can only give platelets if you’ve given plasma before). Then, you can keep donating to any age you want, as long as you meet the other eligibility criteria.

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