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Donate Plasma

Plasma is a powerful and versatile part of your blood. Today, it can be used in 18 life-giving ways, from treating serious burns and cancer, to protecting people with brain or blood disorders.

You can make a difference

Growing patient needs means that Australia’s demand for plasma is growing rapidly each year. Donating plasma gives you the chance to help even more Australians enjoy a better quality of life.

How plasma donation works

Donating plasma is simple. Sit back and relax for 45 minutes on a comfy couch while you donate, where you can read, catch up on your favourite TV shows or just enjoy some uninterrupted down time.

Read more about the process.

Who you'll be helping

All kinds of Australians. One of plasma’s greatest powers is its versatility – it can be used to unlock 18 life-giving treatments.

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Can you donate plasma?

Most Australians can donate as long as they feel fit and healthy, are between 18 and 70 and weigh at least 50kg. You’ll also need to meet the requirements of the Donor Questionnaire (which you’ll fill out at the Donor Centre). We'll check your veins and haemoglobin levels in the donor centre as these can impact how suitable you are to donate. 

Find out how to prepare for your plasma donation.

There are a few instances where someone who meets the above criteria might not be eligible to donate for a period of time. This could be because you have:

  • a cold or are feeling under the weather
  • taken certain medications or antibiotics
  • certain medical conditions
  • recently changed medications
  • recently had surgery
  • recently had a piercing
  • had a tattoo in the past 4 months, or
  • recently been pregnant or given birth.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to donate plasma at all if you have:

  • visited or lived in the UK for a total of six months or more between 1980 and 1996
  • taken part in male-to-male sexual activity (or another sexual activity that’s specified as being at-risk) in the past year
  • ever had a serious heart condition
  • ever had a serious blood disorder or disease
  • injected – or been injected with – drugs that weren’t prescribed by a doctor or dentist in the past 5 years.
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